Drive to change city streets

ONE-WAY streets in Launceston's central business district could be a thing of the past, if recommendations in the Draft Greater Launceston Plan are anything to go by.

The Greater Launceston Plan's Central Area Strategy recommends that investigations should be undertaken to return Paterson Street, York Street and George Street to two-way road systems.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the one-way traffic system had worked well in the CBD for a number of years, but the plan was about creating a safe environment.

``Streets like George Street, Paterson Street and York Street are all primary arterial roads that carry large volumes of traffic on a daily basis and the plan is seeking to balance traffic management against the creation of a safe environment for pedestrians,'' he said.

``Whether, ultimately, they should be returned to two-way streets is a question the Draft Greater Launceston Plan seeks to answer, with the help and input of the people of Northern Tasmania.''

The draft plan, which is a 20-year vision, is out for public consultation  at http://yourvoiceyourlaunceston.com.au/ 

A community information session on the draft plan will also be held at:

hp0 Kings Meadows, Centro Meadows Mews, on Wednesday, February 26, from 11am to 3pm.

hp0 Mowbray Marketplace in the Target Foyer, on Thursday, February 27, from 10am to 2pm.

hp0 Brisbane Street Mall, opposite Myer, on Saturday, March 1, from 10am to 3pm.

A community workshop about the plan will also be held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk, on Thursday, February 27, from 6pm.

RSVP for the workshop to greaterlauncestonplan@ launceston.tas.gov.au.

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