Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub, Australia
In April 2008, Southern Tasmania commenced its two-phase infrastructure project to enhance connectivity and commerce with the northern sectors and mainland Australia.
The Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub, peaking at $243m, is jointly funded by the Government of Tasmania and Federal Government of Australia. The bypass will rescue residents on Midland Highway from increasing pollution and accident rates as well as cut travel time for rail and road transport. It is the largest road project ever constructed in Tasmania.
The $164m-bypass was opened to traffic in November 2012 The $71m hub will be completed by 2014.
Funded by the Australian Government, Brighton Bypass project upgraded the southern section of Midland Highway between Granton and Dysart.
It enhances connectivity to the Brighton Industrial Estate and future Brighton Transport Hub, bypassing residential towns of Brighton, Pontville and Bagdad. With improved access to the East Coast, forestry freight vehicles have access via Tea Tree Road to the Triabunna woodchip mill and port.
The main features of the project include interchanges to Brighton Industrial Estate, Brighton Transport Hub, Brighton and Tea Tree Road, a new roundabout to connect to Midland Highway, over passes, underpasses and service roads, three rail underpasses for Tansmania rail line, bridges over Jordan river, Bagdad rivulet and other river streams, and improved roundabout at East Derwent and Midland junction.
The road-rail facility and freight distribution hub with full warehousing facilities will replace the Evans Street Transport Hub site at Macquarie Point that generates more than 250,000 vehicle movements per year.
Ballina Bypass is a 12km long four-way dual carriageway linking the Pacific Highway in North Ballina with the Bruxner Highway Intersection in South Ballina. It extends from South Ballina to North Tintenbar.
The location of the hub is to the west of the existing Brighton industrial estate. It would be built with a total land area of approximately 50 hectares. The finances are shared between the Tasmania State and the Australian Federal Government.
In addition to the 2 × 1.3 – 1.6km lengths of rail turnarounds located either side of the hardstand for loading and unloading, a run-around line is located adjacent to the eastern turnout line to facilitate wagon and locomotive movements.
The transport hub would trigger new inter-modal connections within the region. Of the six development applications before the Brighton council, East Derwent Highway to Brighton Industrial Estate (Brighton 1) and Brighton Industrial Estate to north of the Lodge (Brighton 2) are directly connected to the hub. It is also proposed to deviate and improve the rail alignment east of the existing Midland Highway.
The project will also develop container wash, repair and preparation facilities, car parking area, water sensitive plant, storm water detention basins and additional access roads to adjacent properties.
Once the hub is operational, it will open up the current Hobart rail yards site at Macquarie Point for future development. Additional warehousing and storage facilities and an industry park are also proposed to be developed.
The first tenant at the transportation hub, Toll Tasmania will begin operations by 2014. In December 2012, Toll Tasmania signed a 20 year lease with Tasmanian railways.
Tasmania’s land freight movement is expected to double by 2022. Future projections for the Bridgewater and Brighton highway indicate a 79% increase in heavy vehicle traffic and 45% for passenger traffic by 2030. Traffic growth along the highway north of Brighton is projected to be relatively high at 67% for heavy vehicles and 34% for passenger vehicles according to Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER).
Therefore, in addition to the Brighton Project, the Tasmanian Government has also secured a $78m commitment from the Federal Government and is investing $44m to maintain Tasmania's rail freight services. As part of the Southern Tasmania National Transport Network Investment Program, a new Bridgewater Bridge and the Mangalore-Bagdad Bypass is proposed in the second five-year phase of the project with an estimated $200m investment.
A VEC Civil Engineering and Thiess joint venture won the contract for the northern section of the bypass, estimated at $100m, while John Holland and Hazell Bros won the contract for the southern section, which includes the construction of the Brighton Transport Hub.