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A high-speed rail tunnel through the Adelaide Hills would help ease traffic gridlocks on the South-Eastern Freeway, according to a business strategist.
Dr Paul Szuster, instrumental in the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Service in Taiwan, is calling on private and government stakeholders to help fund a scoping study for a dual-gauge tunnel between Lynton and Nairne to connect Adelaide with Murray Bridge.
The proposal includes underground stations at Mount Barker, Hahndorf, Bridgewater, Stirling and Belair and a second rail line for interstate freight trains.
It would also consider new and existing park-and-ride infrastructure at each station.
Dr Szuster, who presented his proposal at Monday night’s Mount Barker District council meeting, said a feasibility study would help explore the social and benefits a rail tunnel could bring to the region.
It comes after widespread frustration over lengthy traffic delays on the South-Eastern Freeway after crashes and truck breakdowns, and growing congestion because of population increase in the Hills.
Transport Minister Corey Wingard has already said a train link between the Hills and Adelaide is not viable but that hasn’t stopped locals demanding better transport options.
Dr Paul Szuster is proposing a high-speed rail tunnel through the Adelaide Hills with a number of underground stations.
Dr Szuster estimated a study would cost between $100,000 and $150,000 and could be funded through the support of private stakeholders.
“I’ve written up a bit of a list of stakeholders which includes several councils, including Murray Bridge, Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker and Alexandrina, which would all benefit from having better access to the city via a fast rail,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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