Agreed.rev wrote:From the terminal/hotel you'd follow the northern boundary of the airport leading onto the drain, following the drain all the way to James Congdon Drive, where you would head north east towards Sir Donald Bradman Drive, then you would go right, up over the bridge and straight into Grote Street and connect to the existing tram line running through Victoria Square.fishinajar wrote:Norman wrote:...And a tram down Keswick drain would be a waste of money...Is there a concept/thread you guys are referring too?Ho Really wrote:...The light rail down the Keswick drain would not be a waste of money. It would be a direct route from the city to the airport with a station on the line north-south in the area of Mile End. You can add two more stops at Marion and South Roads if you wish. There's also an option this could be taken underground into the city at the West Parklands. If kept to the bare minimum without the underground section, it would not cost any more than laying tracks down a narrow and highly trafficked road as Henley Beach. It would also be built much quicker...
How would such a line enter the city other than under, through or over West Tce cemetery?
My personal preference would still be for a line via Henley Beach Road for a multitude of reasons. A much nicer entrance for interstate/national visitors for one.
The more sensible option is to go down Henley Beach Road all the way to Henley Beach, and a short run off at Airport Drive to the airport. That way it services a popular beach, and several eateries/pubs along the route, which could also help spur an increase in further businesses of that type.
What's along the drain route? Nothing.
A stop at Marion Road, are you going to have a park and ride facility? Where are you going to build it? What's there to justify a stop there? The council depot?
Similarly with a stop on south road along the drain route..what's there to justify a stop there? Nothing.
It literally would be a line with mostly nothing either end of the airport and city. It's a good idea though for a direct 'express' route, as at least half of it would be without having to stop at intersections.
Surely if the line was to go back north and use Sir Don bridge, it might as well run the entirety of the road rather than deviating along a drain "welcome to Adelaide".
An extra few minutes at traffic lights, seriously compare what would be a 10-15 min ride to interstate/national. Henley Beach is the far superior option of any for the airport and west. Main street environment, good growth corridor and would provide a second (and much shorter) tram ride to an alternative beach than Glenelg.