The Tasmanian Government will progress the release of the final Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan (GLMPTP). The draft GLMPTP is objective-based and provides for the increased number of people at the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk campus and support for prioritising active transport to create a more ‘walkable city’.
Prior to the development of the City Deal, a draft Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan (GLMPTP) had been released for public consultation and targeted discussions with key stakeholders, including the three Greater Launceston Councils.
The Tasmanian Government is considering input received during this process and will take into account the capital project commitments made during the 2018 State Government election.
In the meantime, Metro – the largest public transport provider in Tasmania - has completed a review of the Launceston network with the aim of improving services. The City of Launceston has commenced work reviewing how the St John Street bus stops location and infrastructure can promote an improved community outcome for public transport. The review considers impacts to public transport schedules, infrastructure upgrades, public safety, accessibility and future usage.
The Department of State Growth will work with Metro and the City of Launceston to ensure that any consequences of changes to the location of these stops are clearly understood in terms of how bus services perform operationally as well as any passenger impacts or on the proposed strategies proposed under the GLMPTP.
Next Steps and Milestones
Release of Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan - subject to the consideration and approval of the new Tasmanian government and consultation with the Minister for Infrastructure.
Costs associated with the Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan are funded through the Tasmanian Government.
The Tasmanian Government will implement and monitor the Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan.