Mr Messy wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:12 am
I can't see the merit in spending upwards of $1 billion to reroute via Murray Bridge, as the Libs have recently proposed. Even so, it would be great if it happened, then we could use the old railway as a dedicated bikeway
Not yet while the current line still has some capacity.
A better option would be to re-duplicate the Belair line
Not to enter the debate, but if the Libs get in, and they keep their promise, there's a couple of years arguing for funding. Then comes; environmental approvals, surveys, land purchases, geological investigations, concept and detailed design. Five years? More like ten, realistically. Then, there's probably five years to build it.
So, any capacity excess on the present Hills Line needs to serve for fifteen years. Is the excess that much?
If not, then the Liberal proposal has a lot of merit.
In any case, it would be much cheaper to do the planning, environmental approvals, surveying, final route selection and property purchase now (with rentals back to landowners in the meantime), so it's ready to go. Shovel ready.
In fact, it would be smart to have several big projects "shovel ready". If there's a big economic slump, having projects all ready to go avoids pink batts.