GHD to lead Adelaide rail study

Work to begin on examining rail freight movements to and through Adelaide and surrounding regions

Work will soon begin on examining rail freight movements to and through Adelaide and surrounding regions.

The Rudd Government has announced consultancy firm GHD will lead the $3 million Adelaide Rail Freight Movement Study, which will look at freight efficiency, congestion and noise levels.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the findings will be used to improve the region’s rail network.

"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," Albanese says.

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

A project reference group will make sure the community and stakeholders have a say during the consultation period.

"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," Albanese says.

The Rudd Government will release a discussion paper at the end of July, while a final report will be completed by the end of October.

The Government announced the study in September last year.

GHD is an international company specialising in engineering and architecture.

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