Jul 29, 2009

Shaping the vision for Adelaide’s south

Shaping the vision for Adelaide’s south

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 29 2009

Another important step has been taken in developing Adelaide’s dedicated north-south corridor with a $6 million contract awarded for a planning study for the South Road upgrade at Darlington.

The contract has been awarded to the AECOM led consortium that will further develop plans for a grade separation of South Road and Sturt Road and investigate an extension of the Tonsley Rail Line to the Flinders Medical Centre.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the planning study is part of almost $9 million allocated in the 2009 Federal Budget for planning works on South Road in 2009/10.

“This is a complex section of South Road that involves several crucial intersections as well as a suburban rail line,” he said.

“The study includes community engagement, geotechnical investigations and an Environmental Impact Statement.

“At the completion of this study we will know exactly what is possible and what the preferred scheme is. The project will then be ready to go to tender.”

The Rudd Labor Government has committed $500 million towards grade separations along South Road at the major bottlenecks at Grand Junction Road, Cormack Road and the Wingfield railway line as well as the Darlington/Sturt Road project as part of the Nation Building Program.

In addition, the South Australian Government has committed $430 million towards South Road, meaning over $1 billion will be spent on recent or new works on South Road over the next five years.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon said the Rann Government is committed to creating a free-flowing north-south corridor.

“Identifying exactly what needs to be done at Darlington is the next part of this process,” he said.

“Construction of the Gallipoli Underpass at Anzac Highway has removed one of the State’s worst bottlenecks.

“Work has also started on the Glenelg Tram Overpass at Black Forest. Both projects are set for completion later this year.”

The major road and rail study will take 18 months to complete and will consider social, environmental and economic factors in addition to transport infrastructure.

The Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) will work with other state agencies and key stakeholders including local councils to ensure ideas developed for the Darlington Transport Study are integrated into the wider strategic picture.