A raft of proposed changes to improve traffic flow at Inveresk has been released for public comment.
The draft master plan for traffic at Inveresk was released after the project was unanimously approved at Monday’s City of Launceston council meeting.
The master plan has a number of measures that would address the projected increase of traffic at Inveresk.
Developments such as the University of Tasmania transformation project, completion of the Silo Hotel, the proposed move of the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania and the North Bank precinct were all expected to increase traffic flow in the area.
The motion was moved by alderman Robin McKendrick.
“I certainly hope the community respond … it is an interim scheme and there’s a lot of ideas there,” Alderman McKendrick said.
“The best ideas will come from the users, from actual people who use these roads.”
Alderman McKendrick said it was important the community understood it was not just about the UTAS campus move.
Launceston’s inner city road network has shown daily traffic is increasing by 0.9 per cent per annum for the morning and 0.8 per annum for the afternoon/evening.
Modelling for the University of Tasmania precinct would experience an increase in demand of about 400 vehicles per hour in the morning and about 310 vehicles per hour in the afternoon/evening.
Most of the demand was expected to be directed towards the proposed car park in the north of the precinct.
A poll on The Examiner’s website showed 59.38 per cent of respondents were supportive of the draft master plan. The poll had 192 respondents – 20.31 per cent of people were against the changes and 20.31 per cent of people were unsure.
Alderman Danny Gibson said he hoped the community would engage with the consultation process.
Alderman Emma Williams said she was excited about the draft master plan and the changes.
The council will develop an interactive website to allow feedback on the plan.