Monday 21st Oct, 2019

Big tram extensions on the table in Adelaide

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Adeladians could soon be seeing a lot more trams, according to the South Australian Government. </span> <p>The state government has proposed significant extensions to Adelaide’s tram network, aimed at connecting the CBD with surrounding suburbs by light rail.</p><p>A key aspect of the plan is also converting the Outer Harbor train line into a tram line.</p><p>The Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan, pitched by the state’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, is designed to find new transport solutions, by “connecting people to the places they want to be.”</p><p>A key feature of the plan was the proposed AdeLINK tram network across inner Adelaide and the CBD, which includes:</p><ul><li>PortLINK – a conversion of the Outer Harbor train line to deliver a new tram service to Outer Harbor, Port Adelaide and Grange, and construct new tram lines to West lakes and Semaphore</li><li>EastLINK &minus a tram line running along The Parade to Magill</li><li>WestLINK – a tram line running along henley beach Road to Henley Square, with a branch line to Adelaide Airport (the existing tram line to Glenelg will also form part of WestLINK)</li><li>ProspectLINK &minus a tram line running from Grand Junction Road along Prospect Road and O’Connell Street</li><li>UnleyLINK – a tram line running along Unley Road and Belair Road to Mitcham</li><li>CityLINK – a tram running in a continuous loop at regular intervals along the Morphett Street, Sturt Street, Halifax Street and Frome Street corridors, with transfers available from other tram lines and railway stations.</li></ul><p>“Public transport solutions will focus on bringing trams back to inner Adelaide through progressive extensions of the inner city tram network to support jobs and business growth, facilitating medium density mixed use development, and delivering the land use outcomes,” the SA government said in the report.</p><p>“Adelaide’s tram-led revival will occur in several stages in line with the market for residential and commercial development, jobs and population growth, and as funding becomes available,” it added.</p><p>State minister for planning, John Rau, and state minister for transport, Tom Koutsantonis, said the infrastructure plan was aimed at making South Australia “an even better place to live, work and do business.”</p><p>“We will bring back the trams to Adelaide to inject more vibrancy and activity into our city while better connecting communities of greater density within the inner areas and the CBD,” the pair said in a joint statement.</p><p>“The Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan will drive the investment we need in our rail and road freight networks to make businesses more competitive, our economy stronger and our lives safer, healthier and more affordable.</p><p>“It’s all about delivering a host of options for moving around both the city of Adelaide and across the vast expanses of our great state.</p><p>“It will do all of this with an unwavering commitment to public safety and the health of our pristine environment.”</p>

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