Feb 19, 2009

Adelaide rail freight movements study – selection of consultant

Adelaide rail freight movements study – selection of consultant


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 19 2009

The Australian Government has appointed GHD Pty Ltd to examine rail freight movements to and through Adelaide and surrounding regions.

The $3 million study, which I announced in September, will be an important step in developing strategies for improving the efficiency of the national freight network and addressing the concerns of the local community about noise, congestion and safety.

The detailed study will be vital in making the best long-term decisions for Adelaide’s future freight needs, while balancing amenity for local residents.

Planning freight rail movements ahead of time will ensure an integrated and strategic approach is taken to infrastructure development.

The Australian Government is committed to making sure communities have a strong voice when decisions are made about local transport infrastructure.

A project reference group has been established to make sure there is appropriate consultation with key stakeholders and the community.

The group includes representatives of Mitcham Council, the Local Government Association of South Australia, the Freight Rail Operators Group and the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

A discussion paper setting out the various options is expected to be released by the end of July 2009, with the full study report completed by the end of October 2009.