It's a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem. If there is strong public transport linking Buckland Park to the Adelaide CBD (as most public transport seems to be focused), then what grows at Buckland park will become an outer dormitory suburb for people working in and near the CBD. Is that what we want? The alternative is that it becomes populated by people working in Buckland Park (the "satellite city"); industrial areas such as Penfield, Edinburgh North, Edinburgh Parks; Gawler; food industry around Virginia, Two Wells, Dublin. Many of those employees would not be served at all by buses or trains to Adelaide, and quite possibly not by services that run in what office workers think is "peak hour". If their shift starts at 6am or finishes at midnight, then typical Adelaide public transport is no help. Does Adelaide have good public transport to any industrial employment zones, or are those workers always assumed to use private transport?rev wrote: ↑Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:06 pmWhy just this new town? The question should be what's the plan for PT for all outlying towns around the metro area. Why isn't there an emphasis on building a regional rail network linking to Adelaide?
This could have had a train service, if the government had gone ahead with the original plan or idea for the northern connector which included a rail line through the middle of it, although I think that was for freight based on what the artists impressions renderings showed.
I'm sure they could have added a passenger line to it.
Also, the freight line which splits off from running parallel to the passenger lines at Salisbury, and runs through the heart of the areas that will be the new northern suburbs in a few decades, and on passed Virginia and Two Wells, couldn't they add a passenger line next to that running along same route? And then spur off towards McDonald Park and Angle Vale and spur to Buckland Park/Riverlea?
It's a state government issue (and fuck up), not the developers fault.
The Northern Connector railway was intended to get the standard gauge freight out of the suburbs - Salisbury to Wingfield and perhaps (if an east-of-the hills route developed) most of the freight from Monarto to Port Adelaide or Dry Creek as well.
McDonald Park is around where the end of a spur line from Smithfield ran during WW2 to the munitions store. Part of the easement still exists along the north side of Davoren Road, but some has been built over by later development.