Building South Australia's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Media Release

BUDGET INFRA 09/2014

13 May 2014

Joint release with:

Warren Truss

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government has made a record $2 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for South Australia.

The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.

The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for South Australia.

Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.

Better roads means less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.

The Government's investment in South Australia will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.

South Australia projects include:

  • North South Corridor Adelaide: Upgrade of South Road at Darlington and from Torrens Road to the River Torrens. The Darlington project will include grade separations at Flinders Drive and Sturt Road and an interchange connection with the Southern Expressway. The Torrens to Torrens project will include a lowered road beneath Port Road, Grange Road and the Outer Harbor rail line.
    • Federal contribution: $944 million
  • Goodwood and Torrens Junctions upgrade: Separation of the interstate freight line from the metropolitan rail network at Torrens junction, building on the already completed separation at Goodwood.
    • Federal contribution: $232 million

$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $441.3 million for South Australia.

Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spot projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The funds for South Australia are part of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.

The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.

Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

South Australia—Key Projects

Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.

KEY PROJECTS TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19
$M
LOCATION
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands
  • Upgrade of 210 kilometres of the main access road from the Stuart Highway to Pukatja and improvements to 21 kilometres of community roads.
85.0 Northern South Australia
ATMS on South Eastern Freeway
  • Installation of an Advanced Traffic Management System on the South Eastern Freeway between Stirling and Mount Barker. 
8.0 South Adelaide Hills – Stirling to Mount Barker
Dukes Highway Upgrade
  • Completion of safety improvements to the Dukes Highway, including dividing treatments and mitigation of roadside hazards.
8.8 East South Australia
Goodwood and Torrens Junctions
  • Separation of the interstate freight line from the metropolitan rail network at Torrens junction, building on the already completed separation at Goodwood.
232.1 Adelaide
Managed Motorways South Eastern Freeway
  • Installation of Managed Motorways technology on the South Eastern Freeway between Crafers and Stirling.
4.5 Adelaide Hills – Crafers to Stirling
Mount Barker interchange
  • Construction of a new interchange on the South Eastern Freeway at Bald Hills Road.
16.0 Mount Barker
North-South Road Corridor
  • The upgrade of South Road at Darlington, including grade separations at Flinders Drive and Sturt Road and an interchange connection with the Southern Expressway.
  • The upgrade of South Road from Torrens Road to the River Torrens, including a lowered road beneath Port Road, Grange Road and the Outer Harbor rail line.
944.0 Adelaide
Preparation for Sentencing and Archival of Plans and Records which are residual from the sale of the Australian National Railways Commission. 0.8 State wide
South Road Planning Study – Darlington and Anzac Highway to Southern Expressway
  • Planning study and creating a preliminary concept plan for the upgrade of South Road from the Anzac Highway to the Southern Expressway.
8.5 Adelaide – Darlington