THE South Australian Government has announced that the redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site will be boosted by the extension of a tram line along North Terrace and into East Terrace.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the final alignment of the EastLINK tram was revealed in the revised Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan (ITLUP), which was released last week.
"The EastLINK tram will connect to the existing tram at North Terrace, extending past the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, connecting to East Terrace and heading on to the Parade and Magill," Mr Mullighan said.
"It will give extra incentive to the redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site while also providing a benefit to traders, workers, students, residents and shoppers in the East End."
Mr Mullighan said more than 2,500 people attended engagement events and meetings across the state as part of consultation to develop the final ITLUP.
"Almost 1,500 submissions were received from councils, local government and development bodies, key industry organisations, community groups and members of the public," he said.
"The revised plan has new projects based on the feedback from councils and communities in the growth areas of Outer Adelaide, such as Mount Barker, Gawler, Murray Bridge, Angle Vale, Virginia and Playford North.
"It also takes into account the funding available from the Commonwealth with changes to timeframes around projects brought forward such as the Darlington Upgrade and the Bald Hills Interchange, and state-funded projects such as the O-Bahn City Access project and the Gawler East Link Road.
"However with the Commonwealth ruling out contributing to public transport projects and the loss of revenue from the transport development levy, a number of projects have also been delayed, such as the CityLINK and PortLINK tram projects and some cycling projects.
"These important projects will be implemented in the medium-term timeframe of 5 to 15 years."
Mr Mullighan said the State Government had already begun delivering the first projects.
"We are already well underway on the next stages of the North-South Corridor between Torrens Road and the River Torrens, and at Darlington," Mr Mullighan said.
The total cost of the plan is now estimated at $39 billion, an increase of $3 billion, related to further estimates around private sector infrastructure projects to support future mining activity in port, road and rail in regional South Australia.
Mr Mullighan said the State and Commonwealth governments were, on current trends, estimated to contribute $23 billion and the private sector about $10 billion.
"Given Infrastructure Australia's push towards greater infrastructure investment, it's inevitable all levels of government will have to contribute more in the next 30 years," Mr Mullighan said.
Mr Mullighan said discussions were already underway to build on that investment with funding for new projects in the ITLUP, including:
- The next stages of the North-South Corridor, such as the Northern Connector;
- Sealing the Strzelecki Track;
- Upgrading key regional roads;
- Addressing the freight rail capacity constraint at Torrens Junction; and
- The first stages of the AdeLINK tram network.
More information about South Australia's Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan is available from <http://www.transportplan.sa.gov.au/>.