Council is transforming the main street of Kingston, Channel Highway, into an attractive and inviting destination, improving the retail and commercial experiences for residents and visitors.
After consulting with the community, Council voted on the design at a Council Meeting on 4 April 2022.
The design allows for future growth and improves access for the community including cyclists, people with disabilities, pedestrians, businesses and other commuters.
Council will tender for the redevelopment in early November 2022 with construction work planned to begin in February 2023. Construction will take approximately 1 year to complete. To make sure the community can access current information, Council will regularly post updates on its website, Facebook and through local media about the construction process.
What is being upgraded:
Part of redevelopment of the highway will include wider footpaths, more pedestrian crossings and the relocation of the Hobart-bound bus stop to 40 Channel Highway – previously the Southern Denture Clinic.
What to expect:
During construction, there will be minor delays and detours for vehicles at different times.
During 2022, Council developed and improved alternative routes and accesses throughout Kingston CBD to aid the flow and movement of traffic. This will assist motorists when sections of Channel Highway are closed to traffic during construction. This has included building a throughfare from Goshawk Way to the Huon Highway and upgrades to the John Street roundabout
- A permanent roundabout installed at the intersection of Hutchins Street with Channel Highway with pedestrian refuges
- Improved pedestrian crossing facilities at the intersection of John Street and the Channel Highway
- A zebra crossing on Channel Hwy – from Liv Eat to Denison Dental (link to picture)
- Relocation of the City-bound bus off the main road
- Bus Interchange at 40 Channel Highway
- Enhanced seating and shelter for bus commuters on southern destination side
- Central median island with new streetlights and CCTV
- 3 metre wide footpaths (link to picture), including additional space for potential alfresco dining
- Street trees, vegetation and street furniture (link to picture)
- Improved safety and traffic flow in and out of John Street (link to picture)
- The current carpark at 3 John Street (Fantail Parade) removed to create a new public open space (link to picture)
- Uphill bike lane for southern bound cyclists (link to picture)
- Additional on-street parking spaces
- Traffic calming measures
- Street furniture and street art
Design for Channel Highway upgrade
When Kingston has the carparking capacity in the future, and we experience population growth in the Kingston Park area, planned additional works will include the installation of on-street dining, a protected cycle lane, public art, and street furniture. This will result in the replacement of 10 parking spaces on the southbound side of the Channel Highway, to create a more engaging streetscape.
Consultation on Design
The Transform Kingston CBD consultation involved public consultation through pop up engagement stalls, a survey and media reports. There were two options for the public to vote for. The consultation closed on 19 January 2022.
A report was produced by Zencity on the public consultation and submitted to Council.
The following report reviews resident input about the Kingborough Council Transform Kingston plan by analysing a survey designed and deployed by Kingborough Council. The survey received responses from the general public and from business-sector stakeholders between 3 December, 2021, and 20 January, 2022. The survey findings are complemented by an analysis of organic social media discourse and can be viewed here.
Past Consultation in Kingborough
The Kingston Place Strategy was developed in partnership with local businesses, the community and Kingborough Council. It was adopted by Council in May, 2020. The strategy was developed via extensive stakeholder consultations, with almost 1,800 stakeholders over a 5-month period in late 2019 and early 2020.
The findings have been used from the Kingston Place Strategy to help develop the concepts for Kingston CBD that were taken to the public in 2021/22.