Roads and Transport

Roads

Aerial shot of South Launceston

The City of Launceston is responsible for an overall road network of approximately 750 kilometres, as shown in the following table:

Urban roads

384.4 km

Rural roads

365.7 km

Footpaths

603.8 km

Kerb and channel

679.4 km

Total bridges

88

Launceston's road network provides access to individual properties and facilitates the general circulation of the community.

The network is structured on a hierarchical basis comprised of arterial, collector and local roads. The arterial roads allow the community to move between regions on generally high capacity roads. The arterial network is maintained by Council and the Department of State Growth

Council is responsible for all roads within its boundaries except for State, private and forestry roads.

The Department of State Growth is responsible for connecting roads between Launceston and other parts of the state. These include East Tamar Highway, West Tamar Highway, Midland Highway, Bass Highway, Lilydale Road, Tasman Highway, Blessington Main Road, St Leonards Road, Southern Outlet, Northern Outlet and Goderich Street. 

Council also maintains an extensive network of footpaths and cycleways, which are important to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to traverse the city without a motor vehicle. 

See Parking for information on our car park facilities around the city.

Road damage
Council is responsible for repairing road damage on its road network. See Works for road repairs underway. 

To report problems regarding Council roads, please contact us

Street Lights
Launceston's street lighting system illuminates footpaths and some road intersections. TasNetworks maintain the streetlights and arranges for replacement of the bulbs when required.

Street lights that are not working should be reported to TasNetworks on 132 004. This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note that street lights are programmed using a timer that is also managed by TasNetworks.

For any enquiries regarding repairs to signs or replacement of new signs, please contact us

Transport

Launceston's public transport includes an extensive public and private bus service operating in and around the city and suburbs.

Metro is Launceston's major city and suburban public transport provider. See the Metro timetable here
 
For longer trips throughout the state, Tassielink Regional Coaches and Redline Coaches operate an extensive timetable to most major Tasmanian towns.

The City of Launceston owns and operates the Transport and Road Safety Centre. The Centre is a fun and educational outing for kids. Read more here

Transport Strategies 

Transport Futures(PDF, 4MB)
Launceston Traffic Study(PDF, 2MB)
Launceston Safer Roads Strategy(PDF, 10MB)
Launceston Pedestrian Study(PDF, 2MB)
Launceston Bike Strategy(PDF, 4MB)
Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan