A shorter, safer route through a mixed zone precinct.
PILLINGER DRIVE &
181,383 LESS VEHICLE TRIPS PER ANNUM
With a significant reduction in road traffic up the mountain (59.6% high scenario, 42.4% low), not only can our native wildlife catch a break, we believe the lifespan of the 80 year old road can be extended. This avoids the costly and unsightly widening that would otherwise need to occur without our sustainable transport solution, (It has taken 50 years of regrowth to hide the road scar) and less pressure on emergency services.
Less traffic also means up to 700 tonnes* less carbon emissions in the Park, whilst offering a safer road and quieter experience for families of all ages, bird-watchers, bushwalkers and bikers.
With more visitors from less vehicles, the likely forecasted impacts are shown below:
5.63% EXTRA VEHICLE TRIPS PER ANNUM
Cascade Road is the artery of South Hobart, currently serving nearly 3.1 million vehicle trips each year and carries only half of its built capacity at peak times.
Weekends on Cascade Road are significantly quieter and this is when we expect to be our busiest. We also propose to operate slightly different hours between Summer and Winter, providing four operating models throughout the year.
On weekdays, we propose to only open after the morning rush hour of 8 - 9am.
We also propose to incentive customers to use our regular shuttle service from the waterfront, reducing the number of cars further. In total, we expect an annualised average of 1 extra vehicle trip (either way) every 79 seconds during open hours.
A copy of the full Traffic Impact Assessment is available on our Downloads page.
NEW LINK ROAD
Included in the Proposal is a new link road from the roundabout at the end of McRobies Road (before the tip gate) to our proposed Base Terminal. This link road will be an S4 class sealed rural road and provides a legitimate connection from the Tip-Top mountain bike trail onto McRobies Road - a current missing link.
It joins the Main Fire Trail by the high-voltage transmission lines at the boundary of Wellington Park, providing safer and faster emergency access into the foothills of Wellington Park.
This road alignment has been carefully refined since August 2018 after our team conducted extensive ecology studies in the area. Roadkill mitigation designs are expected to be employed.
BENEFIT FOR SOUTH HOBART RESIDENTS
MWCC has listened to local residents about their existing traffic issues on Cascade Road. In response, MWCC propose a tiered road with a new T-junction: The existing one-way slip lane turn-off to McRobies Road is upgraded to cater for two-way traffic. West-bound traffic remains unchanged (upper tier) whilst vehicles wanting to turn into McRobies Road can seamlessly drive down the new two-way road and give-way at a new T-Junction on the lower tier. City-bound traffic flows down and through the lower tier but with the added benefit of being able to turn into McRobies Road at the T-junction.
Whilst this optional upgrade is not required for our project to comply with the planning scheme, MWCC commissioned civil engineers to confirm whether this recommendation is practical and technically achievable solution within the existing road easement. If upgraded, this new junction will divert all current tip traffic away from the Female Factory Historic Site as well as residential properties in Degraves and narrow Apsley Streets.
It also provides new traffic-calming measures for the Rivulet Track and additional off-street parking for residents.
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Net Reduction in HOBART'S carbon footprint
* Carbon emissions were calculated based on 12 month traffic data collected 2009-2011 on Pinnacle Road and FCAI emissions data assuming every vehicle (motorbikes up to minivans) is a standard 2013 model unleaded small car. This was measured on the difference in distance from the common juncture of Southern Outlet/Davey St intersection to both Cascades versus the Pinnacle. This provided a total result in excess of 1100 tonnes per annum on 2011 traffic visitation data. Significant increases in traffic since 2011 and slightly more efficient vehicle data from FCAI are yet to be modelled.