claybro wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:31 pm
with regard to the rail spur, I'm not sure many still understand that a heavy rail OH will lead to no other spurs. Grange is completely unsustainable, with West Lakes and Semaphore unsuitable for heavy rail due to street running. There will be no isolated tram system in the Port area, as local transport to rail hub can just as easily be handled by bus at a fraction of the cost. These spurs are only viable as light rail, even then, only with much greater population density. There is no way the tram museum could afford on street running-as romantic as that would be, and no government would fund it-let alone all the compliance issues that would need to be addressed. This is a shame for those wanting to see trams along Semaphore road, or West Lakes, as indeed the traders. Semaphore would have had the potential to match Glenelg. Unfortunately, as exciting as the Port dock spur idea is/was, it was a bit of a late brain fart by the previous government, and actually locked the whole OH corridor into a heavy rail future.-It was almost a complete FU to their previous idea of light rail. That being the case, it was an easy flick off for this government, as will be the Grange spur in future. Once these are closed off, there is a risk of the corridors being developed, as with the Glanville station surplus land. With all of this in mind, it would be great to see, at least the existing Port Adelaide station on the viaduct, be developed into a proper station and interchange with buses underneath, lifts to the platforms and some shops and air conditioned waiting areas. All buses from the peninsula and the new developments could feed into this station, instead of going all the way to the CBD.
At the end of the day the aim is to have the entire suburban rail network electrified. But defining the ‘entire’ is the key to what will be there at the end of the day. Infrastructure SA has the CBD rail loop on its priority list for review as we all now, however the bigger picture is that review will take into account the ‘entire’ rail network and potential passenger numbers & benefits.
And here’s the problem, where best to spend the $$$, if you can get the $$$?
After the Gawler line electrification, what will ISA do? Will they recommend that we next spend on a CBD rail loop and electrify the OH line and long term extend Seaford & Gawler lines, but at the expense of closing both the Grange and Belair lines?
If/when the main interstate line moves away from the current Adelaide Hills alignment that leaves the Belair line alone, which if updated will require at least half a dozen level crossing removals, restored to duplicate Broad gauge, stations and platforms reinstated, and electrification to fit in with the rest of the network, but at what cost, 1 – 2 Billion $$$?
The decision might be to drop the Belair line and use Park and Ride Bus services from Blackwood – Adelaide and Belair – Adelaide & maybe Blackwood-Coromandel-Flinders Hub to save the $$$.
Lucky Flinders Link got underway previously or like Port Dock might have also been shelved under this State Govt.
Closing Adelaide suburban rail lines has occurred regularly over the years and it is quite probable to be left with only the major NS line via CBD loop and the OH line one day.