Apr 9, 2019

Media Release – Labor to Fast Track South Road Investment – Tuesday, 9 April 2019

A Shorten Labor Government would fast track work on the next stage of Adelaide’s South Road upgrade by investing $95 million in this important project within our first few months in office.

The investment would be a down payment on our commitment to the transformative South Road project and would target our key priority – the section of South Road between the Glenelg Tram Overpass and Tonsley.

The commitment means a Shorten Labor Government would invest as much on this single project in its first year as the Morrison Government has promised in extra infrastructure investment for the entire state of South Australia over the next four years.

Indeed, while last week’s Federal Budget came with the promise of $2.6 billion worth of extra investment, only 4 per cent, or $95 million, would appear in the next four years.

South Australians would have to re-elect the Liberals twice more before the bulk of this promised investment would materialise.

Without ongoing investment in transformative projects like the South Road Upgrade the annual economic cost of congestion in Adelaide alone will more than double to $3.8 billion by 2031.

After nearly six years of cuts and neglect, South Australia does not need more grand Liberal promises of funding on the Never Never.

It needs investment in infrastructure now to create jobs and economic activity in the short term while delivering the productivity gains that will drive future economic and jobs growth.

Labor has a strong record of investing in South Australia.

The former Labor Government tripled annual investment in the State’s infrastructure from $109 to $273 per South Australian.

We built the Northern Expressway, constructed the South Road Superway, upgraded South Road between Torrens Road and River Torrens, funded the Goodwood and Torrens Rail Junction Project and extended the rail line from Noarlunga to Seaford.

We stand ready to work with the South Australian Government in a bipartisan way to build on that record.