Building Tasmania's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century
BUDGET INFRA 03/2014
13 May 2014
Joint release with:
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Abbott Government has made a record $1 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Tasmania.
The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.
The Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Tasmania.
Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.
Better roads mean less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.
The Australian Government's investment in Tasmania will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.
Tasmanian projects include:
- Midland Highway: Upgrades to improve safety and efficiency and facilitate forecast increases in freight and passenger movements.
- Federal contribution: $400 million
- Freight Rail Revitalisation: Upgrades to the rail network to secure the safety, reliability and competitiveness of rail freight operations.
- Federal contribution: $119.6 million
- Brooker Highway (Elwick-Goodwood to Howard Road): Consolidation of the existing staggered intersections at Goodwood and Elwick Roads and replacing the existing Howard Road roundabout with traffic lights.
- Federal contribution: $25.6 million
$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure.
Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spot projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The funds for Tasmania are part of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.
The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.
Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.
Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.
|KEY PROJECTS||TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19
|Domain Highway Planning
|Freight Rail Revitalisation
||119.6||Burnie to Hobart|
|Improvement of Bell Bay Intermodal Terminal
|Main North-South Line rail capacity improvements
||20.1||Bernie to Hobart|
|Midland Highway—Bridgewater Bridge Development
|Rail capacity improvements at Rhyndaston
|Upgrade of North East Freight Roads
||26.9||North East Tasmania|
|Upgrade of Port Sorell Road
|Westbury Road Traffic Management, Launceston