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TRAINS with the capacity to reach speeds up to 260km/h will travel to Aldinga as part of the $800 million rail extension from Seaford, a council briefing has been told.
Transport Department spokesman Gareth Evans outlined the government's two preferred rail routes from Seaford to Aldinga at an Onkaparinga Council meeting this week.
One would travel alongside Main South Rd and down to Aldinga, and the other along Commercial Rd.
Work is currently underway on the Noarlunga to Seaford rail extension. Upon its completion a further extension to Aldinga is planned, with the State Government already in the process of planning a preferred route.
Mr Evans said the trains, which have already been purchased for the southern rail extension, would be capable of reaching 260km/h, although the bends along the proposed routes meant they were likely to travel at about 130km/h.
He did not rule out trains travelling closer to their 260km/h capacity in the future.
The distance between Seaford and Aldinga is approximately 10km, meaning commuters could expect about a five to six minute ride between the stations.
Currently, Adelaide's trains are capable of travelling 90km/h between metropolitan stops.
Mr Evans told the council meeting that stops were planned for Maslin Beach and near Aldinga Beach Primary School.
But he said the south's newest suburb, Seaford Heights, would not have a stop because it would be too expensive.
A large park-and-ride carpark was planned for the Aldinga stop.
Mr Evans said the government would seek feedback from the council before consulting residents and businesses about the planned routes in the coming months.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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