Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

North South Corridor Planning Study

Media Release

JB055/2015

19 May 2015

The Australian Government welcomes the release of the North South Corridor Planning Study which was suggested and funded by the Federal Government. The release of this report has taken too long.

Given this is the first time we have seen the final report, I have now sent this to Infrastructure Australia to seek their advice on what sections of the corridor should be prioritised for funding.

The Australian Government is fully committed to delivering the North South Corridor and I look forward to working with the Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan to plan a strategy on how best to deliver the entire upgrade once Infrastructure Australia has completed the work.

We are investing half a billion dollars more in the corridor than what the former Rudd/Gillard Government had committed.  Almost $200 million will be delivered next financial year, which will see the two priority sections of the corridor—the Torrens to Torrens and Darlington upgrade—underway.

Indeed if the State Government can deliver the project quicker than currently scheduled, the Australian Government will bring forward payments.

Our commitment to upgrade the entire corridor is ambitious but one that must be met if we are to boost South Australia's productive capacity and grow the economy.