The road and rail corridor connecting Burnie and Hobart is part of the National Land Transport Network. It connects regional producers to a number of Tasmania’s ports, and producers depend on it to bring goods to market at competitive prices. The corridor is forecast to carry 35% more freight by 2034–35, compared to 2014–15 volumes.
Given the corridor’s importance to Tasmania’s transport network, there is a need to ensure its future efficiency and reliability.
In 2017, the Tasmanian Government released the Burnie to Hobart Freight Corridor Strategy to guide future planning and investment along the corridor, and to ensure freight performance standards are maintained and enhanced over the long term, in line with freight demand, user needs and emerging challenges.
The program initiative involves a range of road and rail improvements to the corridor, such as intersection upgrades or lane duplications. The Tasmanian Government is prioritising and preparing business cases for these investments, which would support the key outcomes of the Strategy. Those outcomes are to develop a freight corridor that:
- is planned, managed and delivered to support broader freight system and supply chain outcomes
- supports efficiency, access and modal choice for freight users
- responds to and appropriately manages freight demand, considering freight volumes, user needs and the ability of road and rail to cost-effectively support a freight task
- is based on transparent investment frameworks and project business cases, supporting a coordinated evaluation of freight investment across the corridor
- reflects contemporary freight analysis and information, including from key freight users.
Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).