SA takes deep dive into freight routes

Highway links and bypass works statewide to be examined

SA takes deep dive into freight routes
CCFSA looks like seeing its Augusta Highway call heeded evntually


A series of planning studies are planned to investigate improvements to several major South Australian transport corridors, the state and federal governments have announced.

The South Australian government is calling for tenders to develop strategic planning studies and business cases for the Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass, Murray Bridge to South East Links, Eyre Peninsula and Far North Area plans, and Eyre Highway upgrades from Port Augusta to the Western Australia border.

Around Adelaide, the focus will include the Adelaide Hills, with a view to make routes safer, better connected and to remove more freight from the South Eastern Freeway and Cross Road.

Federal transport minister Barnaby Joyce predicted the Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass would transform the Mount Barker region by decongesting the freeway, and allowing easier and faster travel for residents and visitors.

"This project is 50:50 funded by the Australian and South Australian governments, with $17 million allocated to the planning work that will be used to inform priorities and investments needed on freight networks to support economic growth and the needs of regional areas," Joyce said.

State infrastructure and transport minister Corey Wingard emphasised that the studies were necessary to meet the freight needs associated with a growing population and expanding regional centres.

"The South Australian and Australian governments are working together to build what matters to South Australians and provide critical freight infrastructure that can improve productivity and reduce freight costs," Wingard added.

"Planning studies are crucial to our understanding of how the road corridors are used and to identify any current problems and issues, or opportunities for future investment.

"The Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass will enable some trucks to be diverted from the South Eastern Freeway onto the regional north-south freight route and the Sturt Highway.

"The Murray Bridge to South East Links includes key planning into the costs and benefits for the duplication of the Princes Highway and Swanport Bridge between Murray Bridge and the Mallee Highway.

"The Eyre Highway upgrade planning study will be used to develop a business case into the costs and benefits of providing access for triple road trains from the Western Australia border through to Port Augusta.

"This, plus duplication of the Joy Baluch Bridge, widening of intersections in Ceduna and Thevenard and widening and realignment of the intersection of the Eyre and Lincoln Highways will form part of a connected high productivity heavy freight network and provide priority for vehicles travelling on the Eyre Highway.

"The Eyre Peninsula and Far North Area plans will provide recommendations to support economic growth, the needs of regional communities and freight productivity with investments in road networks and regional remote aviation access."

Both state and federal governments have been taken to task over the condition of major SA freight routes, with the SA branch of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCFSA) particularly vociferous for years about the August Highway and the need for a sealed route around Port Augusta.

Read about the CCFSA  call for action on the Augusta Highway, here

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey stated that the studies are about ensuring key freight roads more efficiently connect agricultural and mining regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs, supporting regional jobs and industries.

"Any freight by-pass of Adelaide will necessarily come through the Grey electorate and will allow for economic expansion along the corridor," Ramsey said.

"The freight task to and from the regions to the north and west of Adelaide are increasing and will continue to do so. The more efficient movement of all those products will benefit all South Australians."


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