As Steven Marshall has now cancelled the controversial Globelink project, which primarialy aimed to remove freight trains from the Adelaide Hills, it is probably worth discussing the future of the Belair passenger train line.
On one hand the Belair line has a few major things working against a successful service; the winding route topography slowing the journey time down, and the single track working limiting the frequency plus reliability of the services.
On the other hand the Belair line has a lot of Potential patronage generators for almost every station, which are listed as follows; Adelaide (CBD), Mile End (temple christian college / adelaide high school), Wayville (royal showgrounds / keswick terminal), Goodwood (unley pool), Millswood (Tabor college), Mitcham (shopping centre / civic centre), Torrens Park (scotch college), Lynton (bedford industries balyana), Coromandel (wittunga botanic gardens), Blackwood (shopping centre / bus interchange), Pinera (st johns grammar school / local bmx tracks), and Belair (national park).
Increasing the Belair line frequency to every 15 minutes each way all day every day from 6 AM to Midnight will work wonders in helping to create a reliable service that everyone can use to get everywhere along the line. The only thing that needs to happen is an extra passing loop needs to be added at the Belair railway station at the end of the line.
Lengthening the Millswood passing loop and lengthening the sleeps hill passing loop, where land is free and readily available, will also work wonders in reducing the time taken for trains needed to cross each other at these 2 locations. These things were actually what the then transadelaide originally wanted back in the late 1990's when AN decided to standardize the freight line.
Rebuilding the rather diplated stations of Torrens Park, Glenalta, and Pinera wouldnt be a bad idea either, since plenty of other stations around the network have had some much needed attention, but not these ones.
What do you think?