Infrastructure agreement to bust congestion across Adelaide

A congestion-busting agreement landed today between the Morrison and Marshall Governments means all 10 Urban Congestion Fund projects will commence construction within 12 to 24 months.

Over the next few years South Australia will continue to have a steady pipeline on infrastructure projects going out the door, creating jobs and busting congestion.

The delivery of the 10 critical, federal infrastructure projects will help reshape the city by eliminating some of Adelaide's most notorious traffic hotspots.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said kicking off construction on the $361 million Urban Congestion Fund package was one of his top priorities for Adelaide.

“These projects will bust congestion, they will deliver life-saving safety road improvements and they will bolster freight connections that underpin the state and national economies,” Mr Tudge said.

“The Morrison Government promised we will get the people of Adelaide home sooner and safer, and we will deliver.”  

The projects form part of the Coalition's more than $8 billion for transport infrastructure in South Australia between 2013–14 and 2028–29, including $1.9 billion over the next four years alone.

South Australian Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said he looked forward to working with his federal counterparts to progress priority projects.

“We have built a strong record of our two governments working together to deliver congestion-busting and life-saving investment across Adelaide and the regions,” Mr Knoll said.

“Over the next few years, there will be a steady pipeline of metropolitan and regional road projects going out the door.

“These projects will underpin construction jobs, help save lives and slash travel times. 

“We are not wasting any time on future commitments, have started planning works on all metropolitan congestion busting projects across Adelaide.”

Key federally funded infrastructure projects in South Australia include:

  • North-South Corridor projects—
    • Regency Road to Pym Street project, the Australian Government has committed $177 million to the $354 million project (construction due to start late 2019)
    • Northern Connector, the Australian Government has committed $694 million to the $868 million project (expected completion late 2019)
    • Darlington Upgrade, the Australian Government has committed $534 million to the $667 million project (expected completion mid 2020)
    • Torrens Road to River Torrens, the Australian Government has committed $383.5 million to the $767 million project (completed).
    • Final Stage Torrens to Darlington, the Australian Government has committed $2.711 billion to the project (Business Case underway)
  • Flinders Link—the Australian Government has committed $62.5 million towards the $125 million project, which commenced in June 2019.
  • Gawler Rail Line Electrification—the Australian Government has committed $220 million towards the $440 million project
  • Urban Congestion Fund—the Australian Government has committed $361 million to 10 projects in Adelaide, including intersection upgrades and two level crossings.
    • Torrens Road (Ovingham) Level Crossing Upgrade
    • Brighton Road (Hove) Level Crossing Upgrade
    • Portrush Road - Magill Road Intersection
    • Cross Road - Fullarton Road Intersection
    • Old Belair Road upgrade, Mitcham
    • Goodwood, Springbank and Daws Road Intersection Upgrade
    • Glen Osmond Road/Fullarton Road Intersection Upgrade
    • Main North Road/Nottage Terrace Junction Upgrade
    • Grand Junction Road/Hampstead Road Intersection Upgrade
    • Main North Road/Kings Road/McIntyre Road Intersection Upgrade