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Transit centre progress good news for Hobart's public transport future

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Infrastructure

We’re very pleased to be moving to the next stage of our commitment for a new bus transit centre in Hobart.

It’s surprising to hear negativity towards the release of a tender to assess options for the design of the new Hobart Bus Transit Centre from the Hobart Lord Mayor.

The Tasmanian Government has been discussing the future of the existing Elizabeth Street bus mall with the Hobart City Council in recent years, including at the Hobart Congestion Summit.

Our Plan is clearly detailed in our policy document, which was announced and publicly available long before Anna Reynolds was elected Lord Mayor. The policy clearly says that we will “Plan, design and develop a new (possibly underground) Bus Transit Centre in Central Hobart”, and that’s exactly what we are doing.

Less surprising is the negativity from David O’Byrne, the Infrastructure spokesperson for a Party with no infrastructure policies (or any other policies).

When it comes to having a vision, the former failed infrastructure minister David O’Byrne had none.

Labor are only interested in short term politics not solutions.

We know we need to make public transport more attractive and more efficient, to encourage people to use it more.

That’s why, in addition to a new Hobart transit centre, the Hodgman Liberal Government has also made significant commitments to better bus lanes on the roads into Hobart, such as like a transit lane on Hobart’s Southern Outlet to help get buses through the traffic easier, and we will deliver on our commitments.