Roads and Transport

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Roads, transport and strategies


The City of Launceston is responsible for an overall road network of approximately 750.9 kilometres, as shown in the following table:

Urban roads

385.1 km

Rural roads

365.85 km


605.35 km

Kerb and channel

680.63 km

Total bridges


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. View map of road responsibility

The Department of State Growth is responsible for connecting roads between Launceston and other parts of the state. These include the main carriageways of East Tamar Highway Northern Outlet and Goderich Street, West Tamar Highway, Midland Highway Southern Outlet, Bass Highway, Lilydale Road, Tasman Highway, Blessington Road and St Leonards Road. In some locations Council is responsible for footpaths on the edge of State Roads.

Council is responsible for most roads (including footpaths and cycleways) within its boundaries except for state, private and forestry roads. 

The term "private road" means any highway laid out on private property or road reservation that is generally intended for the use by the public and where such road is not maintained by the Council.

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



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.