Spirit Of Tasmania Fares Down 15 %

Spirit Of Tasmania Fares Down 15 %

Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding

Spirit Of Tasmania Success Sees Passengers And Freight Up With Fares Down

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government’s plan to deliver more passengers and lower fares on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries has been an unequivocal success, Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said.

New figures show the Spirits carried 433,925 passengers in the last financial year, a massive 31 % increase on the 330,698 carried 4 years earlier under the former Labor-Green government.

According to TT-Line, we have also seen under this Government a reduction in average fare prices of about 15 % in real terms.

“Our award-winning refurbishment of the ferries has in spite of the constant negativity of the Opposition helped to deliver these results by providing for a more enjoyable passenger experience.” Minister Hidding said.

“That’s made the increased day sailings a more attractive option for many travellers.”

“Our own expectations have been exceeded, and we have seen new records set under our plan.”

“In January this year, the 2 Spirits carried a monthly record of passengers higher than when 3 ships operated under that costly and ill-fated policy of the former Bacon government.” Minister Hidding said.

Freight volumes have grown too, with 103,423 TEU’s carried over the past year for the benefit of our exporters and primary producers who favour the Spirits for their ‘last to leave, first to arrive’ service.

“Success of our plan is not only delivering great benefits to Tasmania, it also means TT-Line has been able to clear its debt and generate savings for the replacement of the Spirits.” Minister Hidding said.

A total of $100 Million in dividends and general Government contributions has been prudently locked away for the purchase of the next generation of Bass Strait ferries.

TAS Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding









Roll-on Roll-off Rail Ferry Across Bass Strait

Editor Victor P Taffa is not engaged in Tasmania State politics and how a previous Tasmania Government had 3 Bass Strait Car Ferries.

Editor Victor P Taffa is not engaged in Tasmania State politics regarding Adelaide-Hobart Air travel.

Adelaide-Hobart Air Travel provides the South Australia and Tasmania Governments with patronage figures for this route.

Overland Train also provides patronage figures between Adelaide-Melbourne. What a Roll-on Roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait will provide is a busy service that compliments the Car Ferry.

Roll-on Roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait does not just provide a rail service between Victoria and Tasmania but enables trains to operate between Adelaide and Hobart.

Roll-on Roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait adds value and compliments a Car Ferry service.

Roll-on Roll-off Rail Ferry increases freight movements across Bass Strait between South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.


Rail Ferry To Be Used By:

  • Freight Trains from South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania
  • High Speed Rail services from Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne
  • Regional Trains from Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Southern Cross Railway Stations
  • Suburban Trains
  • Tram Cars

Freight Trains

Dual broad/narrow gauge tracks will enable freight trains to move throughout Tasmania without any need to change bogies.

(TEU) Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit which can be used to measure a ship’s cargo carrying capacity.