The Launceston General Hospital is now a much safer place for locals, patients and visitors following a series of new pedestrian and road safety upgrades.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the safety improvements are a great outcome for Launceston, encouraging more people to visit the busy area.
“The project will help ensure locals, tourists and visitors can easily access this part of the city, with the upgrade including a dedicated pedestrian crossing point, improved footpaths, road resurfacing and new line marking,” Mr McCormack said.
Senator for Tasmania David Bushby, who joined the local community for the opening, said the project identified the area as a ‘hospital zone’ and includes a number of initiatives designed to slow down traffic.
“The design is aimed at making motorists more aware of pedestrians, and particularly those with mobility impairment, which is absolutely essential for ensuring patients and visitors can access the hospital more safely,” Mr Bushby said.
Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin, who joined Senator Bushby today, said this section of road carries up to 10,000 vehicles each day.
“These upgrades will improve pedestrian safety and also provide better access for cyclists, with continuous bike lines now on both sides of the street,” Senator Martin said.
Mayor of City of Launceston Albert Van Zetten said the city is grateful for the support of the Liberal and Nationals’ Government toward this important pedestrian safety project.
“There’s a high volume of pedestrians in the area around the Launceston General Hospital, but until recently there was no dedicated crossing point for people on foot, and we believe these improvements will make the area around Launceston General Hospital safer for all road users,”
Cr Van Zetten said.
The $500,000 Launceston General Hospital Pedestrian safety improvement project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $230,000 and the Launceston City Council $270,000.