THE SouthAustralian Government last week announced it will conduct a feasibility study into the extension of the O-Bahn bus network from Tea Tree Plaza to Golden Grove.
$500,000 will be allocated towards detailed planning work to identify options to increase the catchment area of the O-Bahn network to Golden Grove and surrounding suburbs.
The study will assess potential routes, engineering requirements and likely demand for the proposed extension, as well as undertake detailed economic and financial modelling.
It will consider options including a dedicated corridor similar to the existing track between Tea Tree Plaza and Gilberton, as well as improvements to the road network to give buses uninterrupted journeys from Golden Grove Village and Tea Tree Plaza interchanges.
It will investigate how to deliver better public transport services for suburbs such as Golden Grove, Wynn Vale, Redwood Park, Surrey Downs, Modbury Heights and Ridgehaven.
The study will also look to identify locations for potential Park'n'Rides along the route to make it easy for commuters in surrounding suburbs to access the service.
The feasibility study will begin immediately and is expected to take approximately 8 months to complete.
The announcement coincides with testing of the $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project – a dedicated tunnel linking priority bus lanes on Hackney Road and Grenfell Street due to open this month.