Where are new traffic lights proposed and why?

    There are two new sets of traffic lights proposed;

    1. Corner of Invermay Road and Lindsay Street. This will replace the current roundabout, enabling prioritisation of movements and traffic flow and also provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.

    2. Corner of Goderich Street and Gleadow Street. In partnership with the proposed new Link Road (Lindsay Street to Gleadow Street, behind Bunnings) the traffic lights would provide a double right turn out of Gleadow Street. This will enable a safe circulation of traffic within the precinct and cater for north and southbound visitors.


    Will any on-street car parking be affected by these changes?

    Every effort will be made to preserve on-street car parking, however to accommodate some of the designs/functionality required, there will be some spaces affected. The only area identified as having a significant impact in the short term, is Forster Street. This is to allow for an additional lane for eastbound traffic and will require the current 90 degree on-street car parking (north side) to be altered to parallel parking.

    Note: The proposal doesn't impact on any street trees along the length of the project or any on-street car parking on the south side.


    Why is the roundabout on Invermay Road/Lindsay Street, proposed to be taken out?

    The current roundabout is unable to prioritise peak traffic flows such as the morning traffic on Invermay Road. The intersection is also an unsafe environment for pedestrians and cyclists, with this concern only being made worse by the relocation of the University of Tasmania.

    Will putting another set of traffic lights on Goderich Street and Invermay Road, slow traffic down and increase congestion?

    The new proposed traffic lights will be phased in conjunction with the current traffic lights along these road corridors, to ensure they work together and maintain free flowing traffic.

    Why is there a new road, behind the Bunnings complex proposed?

    The new Link Road is an important element in servicing new developments within the precinct and will provide broader benefits for existing businesses and visitors to the precinctby improving circulation and reduce congestion at the Goderich Street/Lindsay Street intersection.

    Will the new proposed Link Road only move congestion to the proposed Gleadow Street/Goderich Street intersection?

    The new traffic lights at the corner of Goderich Street / Gleadow Street will increase the overall available entry and exit points into the precinct. The new traffic lights will also include a double right turn out of Gleadow Street that will provide a higher level of services than the current Goderich Street / Lindsay St traffic.

    Will any trees be taken out to facilitate the works?

    Council is very keen to avoid street tree removal as part of the design and delivery of the various traffic initiatives. However, it is acknowledged that in limited situations trees may require removal to accommodate works or the establishment of new street trees. Example: Lindsay St (west) is likely to see trees removed on the south side of the street to make way for a new row of large trees along the frontage to the new North Bank park / playground

    If the University was not relocating to Invermay, would these changes still need to be considered?

    Yes, with other major developments, existing concerns around traffic, pedestrian and cycling safety and general growth in the Launceston transport network changes need to be considered. The major impact of relocating the university to Inveresk is the amount of traffic using Forster St and Invermay Road.

    Has a dedicated right turn lane/traffic light phase from Lindsay Street onto the Charles Street Bridge been considered?

    Yes, however adding an additional phase to this intersection will actually increase wait times and congestion on Goderich Street and the Lower Charles Street Bridge.

    As part of this consultation process Council is seeking community feedback on which turning movements are critical for local residents and businesses, and what movements could potentially be limited or removed. This would help inform any modifications to the intersection post State Government works on the Lower Charles Street Bridge.

    Is the proposal accommodating people with accessibility requirements?

    All designs are respectful of people with accessibility requirements and will include, ramps, tactile path treatments, visual cues and improved signage to enable all members of the community access.

    The installation of two new traffic lights within Invermay will also be a significant benefit to users wanting to cross at these locations.

    Why are four lanes of traffic on Forster Street being considered?

    The Inveresk Precinct is already a busy environment, particularly during major events, however with the relocation of the University of Tasmania and continued improvement to facilities within the precinct, additional car parking will be required.

    To meet this demand the Inveresk Precinct will include the establishment of a large carpark in the north of the Precinct, resulting in increased traffic flow along the Forster Street corridor.

    Will Launceston be getting 'Smart' traffic lights?

    Yes, as a part of a joint initiative with the Department of State Growth, Launceston's traffic signals will be upgraded and the two proposed traffic lights in Invermay will receive this new technology.

    What are 'Smart' traffic lights?

    Smart traffic signals is a term given to the latest technology traffic lights being delivered in modern cites around th world.  The signals include bluetooth technology to monitor traffic flow and enable improved signal phasing and prioritisation of high traffic movements. The signals also have CCTV technology to allow remote monitoring of accidents or outages at intersections, and include a greater flexibility to change phasing quickly for specific events.

    How are the projects within the masterplan being funded?

    Most of the short term initiatives within the Draft Traffic masterplan are funded by State Government as part of their $40M Invermay / Inveresk traffic improvement package. This includes all works along Goderich Street and Forster Street, and a contribution to the new Lindsay Street to Gleadow Street Link Road. The balance of works, including medium and long term initiatives, will be funded by Council or via external State or Federal Government grant opportunities.

    Will the cul-de-sac at Gleadow Street be opened to through traffic?

    No, the proposed traffic lights will maintain the closure of Gleadow Street (east) and function solely as a T-intersection

    What does the term ‘Street Improvements' mean?

    Improvements to street lighting, paths (pedestrian and bike), signage, street trees, landscaping and opportunities for public art. Certain streets will also have on-street parking reconfigured to facilitate some of the above improvements, including opportunities to increase on-street parking for local businesses, residents and other users.

    When are the proposed initiatives likely to happen?

    The proposed initiatives will be rolled out in phases as shown, on the highlighted Invermay Traffic Masterplan map.

    Short Term  –    One to three years or as soon as practical

    Medium Term – Three to five years (subject to funding and budget cycles)

    Long Term –      Six to ten years and only if required.

    Do you have further questions?

    We encourage you to attend one of our Community Information Sessions which will be held at University of Tasmania Stadium, Level 2 Function Room, 2 Invermay Road, at one of the times below:

    Tuesday, 15 May 2018 from 6pm until 7pm

    Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 6pm until 7pm

    or

    Contact our Community Engagement Team on - community.engagement@launceston.tas.gov.au