Oct 28, 2010

Shaping the vision for transport in Adelaide’s south

Shaping the vision for transport in Adelaide’s south

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 28 2010

Commuter rail services to Flinders University and an underpass at the intersection between Main South and Sturt roads are among a series of possible improvements outlined in the draft Darlington Transport Study being released for public feedback next Monday (1 November).

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the draft Study is the product of almost two years of planning and an assessment of the City’s South Road corridor.

“Driving this process has been a vision of a sustainable and vibrant community underpinned by modern, well planned transport infrastructure – an Adelaide which continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Mr Albanese.

“It’s a plan not just for the next three years but for the next three decades.

“But just as the development of the Study required the involvement of all levels of government, making its multi-million dollar vision a reality will likewise require a high degree of cooperation and a shared financial commitment.”

The Study’s key proposals include a 15-minute frequency weekday tram-train service along a duplicated Tonsley rail line which would also be extended to Flinders University and include two new stations (Sturt Triangle and Flinders Medical Centre) as well as a public transport interchange, and a park and ride facility.

South Australian Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the Study is example of what can be achieved when the Federal and State governments work together.

“This really is an exciting vision for what has been one of Adelaide’s most frustrating spots for motorists, bike riders and public transport users alike,” said Mr Conlon.

“It is essential that planning for projects of this magnitude is done properly – so that we can avoid leaving a laughable legacy like the previous Liberal government’s absurd one-way expressway.”

The Study examines future transport options and land use arrangements for patronage on the Tonsley Line and up to Flinders University and along South Road between Ayliffes Rd and the Southern Expressway.

This work is being jointly funded with the Gillard Labor Government.

The Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) will be inviting the public to provide feedback on the Darlington Transport Study, with an Environmental Report to be undertaken as part of this work to evaluate environmental, social and economic factors.

The document will be released for public consultation on 1 November and available online by going to www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au and following the links to the Darlington Transport Study.

It will be on public display Monday to Friday between 1 and 26 November at:

  • Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders University, Marion Council office, Onkaparinga Council office and Mitcham Council office.

Open houses will also be held at:

  • Flinders Medical Centre, Saturday 6 November, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm;
  • Flinders University, 9 November 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm.

Interested parties can contact the community engagement team to obtain a copy of the executive summary of the report or a CD version of the report by telephone on 1300 002 033 or by email at: [email protected]

The closing date for written submissions is 29 November 2010.