Australian Government announces funding for Tasmanian bypass

Planning for a future eastern bypass of Launceston will kick off this year as part of the Federal Labor Government's unprecedented $1.9 billion investment in Tasmania's road and rail infrastructure.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and local MP Geoff Lyons announced $2 million for essential planning work.

“This new piece of infrastructure has the potential to be a game changer for Launceston, taking hundreds of trucks a day of the city's local streets and making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family. That's why we're determined to get the planning right,” Albanese said.

According to Lyons, the funding would be welcomed by the community. “Over the past decade there has been a 43 per cent increase in the number of trucks driving through the CBD, particularly along Wellington and Bathurst streets,” he said. “This will get trucks off our local streets and make it safer for everyone who uses our roads.”

The planning money for the Launceston Bypass is part of the $500 million, 10-year Midland Highway Package, which also includes the duplication of the Perth to Breadalbane section, planning and initial construction on the Bridgewater Bridge as well as safety upgrades at Mona Vale, St Peters Pass and between Mangalore and Bagdad.

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