The Tasmanian Government’s traffic solution for the south-east is a positive and welcome announcement for Tasmanian motorists, the RACT says.

Executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said the RACT had advocated for infrastructure investment to improve the eastern approach to Hobart for some time.

“Given the significant financial investment required to improve this section of road, estimated to be about $300 million, the RACT has lobbied both State and Federal Governments for long-term funding consideration,” she said.

“The RACT has also pushed for funding through our State Government budget submissions, and more recently through the release of RACT’s election priority for a solution to the wider Hobart congestion issue.

“We are very pleased that our advocacy work in this space has been recognised through the election commitment announced at the weekend.”

Mrs Pennicott said nearly 7,000 RACT members recently voted this section of road as number four in a worst roads survey.

“Our members clearly believe it is time for the type of works being proposed by the government,” she said.

Mrs Pennicott said works on the airport roundabout section should be commenced as soon as practical as funding had already been allocated for these works.

“The RACT notes that the design work is well advanced with tenders expected to be called in April 2018,” she said.