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Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

#571 Post by SBD » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am

rhino wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:23 am
Wow! I remember back in the 1980s when the Eyre Peninsula Network paid for the rest of the state's network. Basically, it seems that it's been allowed to run down to the point where it's no longer viable. Could it possibly be in the Government's (in the publics') interest to upgrade the system to keep grain on rail? Probably, but unlikely that they will. :(
Being run down to the point that it is no longer viable seems to have been the GWA standard operating practice across all of SA's former regional rail network. Perhaps it is only continuing the trend from previous government ownership.

Presumably the outcome of the DPTI+GWA review was to determine that the road network upgrades are more cost-effective than the rail network upgrades that would be needed from the current state.

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Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

#572 Post by claybro » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:14 am

SBD wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am
[quote=rhino post_id=177863 time=<a href="tel:1551221637">1551221637</a> user_id=70]
Wow! I remember back in the 1980s when the Eyre Peninsula Network paid for the rest of the state's network. Basically, it seems that it's been allowed to run down to the point where it's no longer viable. Could it possibly be in the Government's (in the publics') interest to upgrade the system to keep grain on rail? Probably, but unlikely that they will. :(
Being run down to the point that it is no longer viable seems to have been the GWA standard operating practice across all of SA's former regional rail network. Perhaps it is only continuing the trend from previous government ownership.

Presumably the outcome of the DPTI+GWA review was to determine that the road network upgrades are more cost-effective than the rail network upgrades that would be needed from the current state.
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I'm sure their review would show that. It is a false economy though isn't it? Road upgrades are invariably band aid solutions to only the most critical points, then the local residents are left to contend with crumbling roads over most of the area, as the number and weight of trucks tear up roads never designed for such traffic. Then the upgrades that are done, require resurfacing within 20 years.

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