Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Works are now underway on a major new park and ride facility at Huntingfield that will improve public transport to the Hobart CBD and make commuting by bus more convenient.
The site near the Algona Road roundabout has been an informal park and ride area, but new sealed parking and amenities will create a dedicated, purpose-built facility where commuters can leave their cars behind at no cost, and travel comfortably and efficiently to Hobart.
The park and ride will house parking for 180 vehicles, including motorcycle and accessible spaces. There will be a bus shelter with seating for 10 people and a large amenities building with ambulant and wheelchair accessibility, baby change table and lock-up storage for 26 bicycles.
Buses will continue to service the stop during construction and there is no change to bus timetables.
The project is part of the Hobart City Deal – Southern Projects program, a suite of coordinated transport projects to improve public transport use and ease traffic congestion along the southern corridor.
The Huntingfield Park and Ride continues the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s commitment to delivering faster and more reliable bus services between Hobart and Kingborough. Work on a similar facility at Firthside started in August 2021.
The Firthside facility on Browns Road will provide parking for 62 vehicles, including disability and motorcycle spaces, an upgraded bus shelter and storage for 23 bicycles.
The two new park and ride facilities, which are due for completion in 2022, will support an expansion of bus services in the region, with up to 70 additional services planned to be introduced in the first half of 2022.
The Southern Projects also include a dedicated transit lane on the Southern Outlet and bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets, which together will create a convenient alternative to private car travel.