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Lennon pitches infrastructure wish list to Feds

<p>A $280m upgrade to transport facilities in southern Tasmania received a positive reception from the Federal Government and the Australian Labor Party, premier Paul Lennon said.</p> <p>The State Government was prepared to contribute around 20% of the cost of implementing the road and rail upgrades, Mr Lennon said.</p> <p>The proposal included upgrades to the Midland Highway, the Brighton&#8224transport hub&#8224facility, and new road and rail access.</p> <p>Mr Lennon said the key features of the 2007&#4711 plan he had presented to transport minister Mark Vaile and shadow transport minister Martin Ferguson were: </p> <p>&#8226 A four-lane highway (dual carriageways in both directions) over the 9.5 km from the roundabout at the junction of the Midland and East Derwent highways to the northern side of Pontville, completely bypassing Brighton </p> <p>&#8226 Development of the Brighton&#8224transport hub&#8224&#8211 a new, purpose-built central hub developed for train and container freight movements. This would reduce truck movements along the Midland and Brooker highways and release the present waterfront railyards site for the development of the new Royal Hobart Hospital </p> <p>&#8226 A major upgrade of the junction of the Lyell and Midland highways to improve safety </p> <p>&#8226 Upgrades of the Derwent Valley rail line and bridges over a 30 km section from Boyer to Karanja to reduce the number of log trucks on the road </p> <p>&#8226 Removal of tight curves on steep grades on the approaches to Rhyndaston tunnel and on two other sections of the main north-south rail line south of Antill Ponds </p> <p>&#8226 Essential maintenance and repair to the lifting mechanism of the Bridgewater Bridge, allowing vessels to pass underneath it again and </p> <p>&#8226 Development of plans for a new bridge spanning the Derwent at Bridgewater and the critical Mangalore-Bagdad bypass during the first, five-year construction phase. Under the State Government plan, construction of these two projects would be in the second five-year phase, with an anticipated cost in excess of a further $200m. </p> <p> &#8220I now await a formal, considered response from the Commonwealth and the Opposition at the earliest opportunity so we can move forward on these major, urgent upgrades,&#8221 Mr Lennon said.</p> <br />