http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sout ... 5944727310Transport plan for Adelaide's south
Daniel Wills, Political Reporter:
RAIL services would extend to Flinders University and a major new underpass would be constructed between Sturt and Main South roads as part of a State Government transport vision.
Transport Minister Pat Conlon today unveiled the Government's draft Darlington Transport Study, which has been two years in the making and will be released for public consultation on Monday.
The vision includes proposals for a weekday tram-train service along a duplicated Tonsley rail line requiring construction of new stations at Sturt and the Flinders Medical Centre.
Mr Conlon conceded the final bill was likely to include "big numbers" but said he was confident of securing Federal Government support to deliver the plan.
"At the end of the day, it's not a funded project. I have no doubt that people will criticise it for that," he said.
"We will also be going out to consultation and what you're seeing here is a simulation, not a final design.
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"I don't think we will be putting numbers on it now.
"Any numbers that were put on it now may be misleading.
"We're not frightened of the numbers. They're going to be big."
Mr Conlon said other major infrastructure and road projects underway in SA proved the state's capacity to leverage money from Canberra.
The Government hopes to begin construction of elements of the plan in 2015-16.
"I'm confident that if this isn't all funded at once, it will all be funded over time," he said.
"What we have sought to do is create projects that have a very good benefit-cost analysis and that's the way Commonwealth funding has been allocated.
"I'm confident that you'll see them all rolled out.
"It'll happen. Adelaide is never going to go back to being the sleepy little country town people thought it was."
Mr Conlon said the state would also be forced to "make a contribution".
Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the projects were intended to ensure Adelaide remained "a great place to live, work and raise a family".
"It is essential that planning for projects of this magnitude is done properly so that we can avoid leaving a laughable legacy like the previous Liberal government's absurd one-way expressway," he said.
Voters will be able to access the plan online from Monday.
sounds like a good idea to me, Flinders Uni could do with station like Macquarie Uni has in Sydney. As they said, it wont be cheap.