Clarence Street safety assessment project

Clarence City Council has agreed to a number of improvements to increase safety for all users of Clarence Street.

The improvements, as identified by a Technical Working Group, will include consistent spacing of bus stops and traffic islands aligned with pedestrian movements and a central median with turning lanes where possible at intersections along Clarence Street.

“It is recognised that Clarence Street is a major connector road through the suburbs of Bellerive and Howrah and links the southern suburbs with the CBD and onto greater Hobart,” Mayor Doug Chipman said.

“We also considered a proposal to relocate the pedestrian signals and crossing to the Scott Street intersection and agreed to first consult with the Department of State Growth and also Bellerive Primary School as students of the school are the main users of the pedestrian crossing at the nearby bus stop.”

The safety of the street was progressed by a Clarence Street Collaborative Reference Group made up of representatives from schools, businesses, church groups, cyclists, local residents, pedestrians, motorists and public transport users. This group worked together to make recommendations to Council on improving safety, access and traffic flow.

This group made a number of recommendations to Council, which were then referred to a Technical Working Group formed with representatives from Metro, RACT, Department of State Growth and the Bicycle Network Tasmania to consider these recommendations.

Funding for safety improvements in Clarence Street will be considered as part of the 2016/17 Council budget.