People living in Mount Barker will be able to commute to Adelaide’s CBD in just 19 minutes if a $1 billion fast rail link backed by the Australian Conservatives gets the green light.
The Weekender Herald reports the proposed train would reach speeds of 160kmh along a new rail corridor to be developed between Mitcham station and Mount Barker.
Initially following Brownhill Creek, the line would then use the median strip of the freeway from Stirling, stopping at Hahndorf and Mount Barker.
Proposed by one of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s former top engineers Luigi Rossi, the project was presented at an informal meeting last week and promises to promote tourism and provide for the district’s growing population.
The line could also be extended through Strathalbyn and Murray Bridge to Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
Over the next three to four months Mount Barker District Council will consider whether to contribute to the project’s feasibility study.
“The proponents have put forward a compelling case that may require further assessment,” council’s General Manager of Planning and Development Greg Waller said.
“Transport links between Mount Barker and Adelaide – that currently rely on the South Eeastern Freeway – need to be reviewed as the population of Mount Barker grows.” Barker councillor Ian Grosser said.
The Australian Conservatives have announced they will back the project and commit to funding the full $500,000 needed for the feasibility study if successful at the March election.
Australian Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire has met with Professor Richard Blandy
to discuss the proposed fast rail project.
“Australian Conservatives support this concept as it would be a big bold project,” Robert said.
“It would not only create jobs during its construction but would provide residents with much
needed public transport and fast access to the city and between towns.”
“It would offer safer options than further congestion on the South Eastern Freeway and it will save hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades to the South Eastern Freeway and the Victor Harbor road.”