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Expressions of interest called for Darlington Transport Project.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

07 November 2008 AA165/2008 Joint

Joint Media Statement

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Patrick Conlon

SA Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CALLED FOR DARLINGTON TRANSPORT PROJECT

Expressions of Interest have been called for an outside consultant to undertake the necessary planning and feasibility work on a multi-million dollar Darlington Transport Project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the Project forms part of the Australian Government's commitment to develop the first stage of a non-stop motorway from the Southern Expressway to the Port River Expressway.

It would also examine the feasibility of upgrading and extending road and public transport facilities along Adelaide's north-south transport corridor at Darlington.

"This is a key component of Adelaide's north-south corridor stretching from the Southern Expressway to the Port River Expressway," said Mr Albanese.

"The study will plan improvements to the intersection of South and Sturt roads as well as investigate the feasibility of a Tonsley passenger rail line extension to the Flinders Medical Centre with a new interchange and a Transit Oriented Development.

"By starting this critical planning work now, we will be in a position to start delivering on our $500 million commitment to upgrade South Road.

"At last year's election, Labor said it would make tackling congestion on our roads a priority. This announcement is proof we are moving quickly to honour that pledge."

South Australian Minister for Transport, Patrick Conlon said the Darlington Transport Project is a crucial initiative that will plan for future demands along Adelaide's crucial north-south arterial road network as well as improve public transport facilities and reduce urban congestion in the southern suburbs.

"Upgrading this section of South Road builds on our commitment to create a non-stop north-south corridor with the Anzac Highway underpass and the South Road tram overpass," Mr Conlon said.

"Planning for the Cormack Road/Grand Junction Road intersection at the northern end of South Road is also well underway.

"A new public transport interchange and Park n Ride facility could provide commuter car parking and a weather protected passenger rail and bus interchange.

"The study will also analyse the feasibility of a Transit Oriented Development as part of the Government's commitment to improved land use so as to reduce urban congestion."

Expressions of Interest are being sought for the Integrated Planning Study, which will identify the concept plans for the project and will include environmental impact assessment, community engagement and detailed economic evaluation.

Expressions of Interest close on 18 November 2008.

Media Contacts

Jeff Singleton ( Mr Albanese's Office ) 0410 476 070

Sam Ion ( Mr Conlon's Office ) 0417 866 097