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DEFENCE Teaming Centre boss Chris Burns has called on the State Government to build a rail line from Osborne Railway Station to Techport to cater for submarine workers.
Mr Burns has told the Portside Messenger the spur line would alleviate traffic snarls along Mersey Rd North during shift changes at ASC.
He says the State Government-planned light rail tram network from the city to Outer Harbor, through Port Adelaide and Semaphore, should also be fast-tracked to “fire up” the area’s economic prospects.
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten pledged $500 million this week to kick-start the tram lineextension project, should he win government on July 2.
Under AdeLINK, trams would run from the CBD throughout the suburbs. This would include an overhaul of the Outer Harbor line, so both trains and trams could use it.
Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson has backed the AdeLINK and spur line ideas, saying they would be a boon for the district.
“It’s about getting workers to the actual shipyard and you know what parking is like out there, it is absolutely terrible,” Mr Burns said.
“If you get a tram in from Port Adelaide into the city, it makes it attractive for families who move to Adelaide, to set themselves up in Port Adelaide.
“The important thing is when a person moves to a new city for a job, they want their partner to get work, easy access to public transport and that their kids can get to school.”
Work is expected to get underway on 12 submarines at Osborne from the mid-2020s, creating up to 1700 jobs. However before then a major overhaul of the shipyard is needed to accommodate the submarines project.
“The 3pm rush is chaotic when you are trying to get out of the place and you are limited to 60km/h along that road there from Techport,” Mr Burns said.
“If you got that all in the whole city of Port Adelaide would fire up a bit and if you got families to live in the apartments at Port Adelaide that would be great.”
Mr Johanson said the line to Techport was a “brilliant idea” that would attract people to live along the LeFevre Peninsula.
“I think that will create a lot of goodwill among the workers at ASC and the potential workers that will be accommodated there in associated businesses,” Mr Johanson said.
Mr Johanson said the election promise from Mr Shorten added some “certainty” to the project.
The council has long campaigned for trams, in the hope the service would boost tourism in the Port and Semaphore.
Sean Costello, chief executive of DCNS Australia, which is in charge of the submarines project, said a line to Techport was a “fascinating idea”.
“How it would work is if the State Government considered demand there, that would be the business case,” Mr Costello said.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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