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Federal Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has vowed to “keep up the fight” to get trucks and freight trains out of Adelaide suburbs and the Hills after the State Government scrapped its GlobeLink plans.
The Boothby MP has called on the State Government to commission planning studies into a truck bypass, and road and rail grade separations.
“I will not give up on my fight to protect the safety of my residents, improve their quality of life and make sure they spend less time stuck in traffic each day,” Ms Flint tweeted on Tuesday.
“I was fighting for this well before entering parliament and I will continue to do so.
“Getting trucks and freight trains out of our suburbs and the hills was never going to be quick or easy, but that’s no reason to give up.”
A report by KPMG for the State Government found the business case for GlobeLink – a key pre-election pitch by the Liberals – did not stack up.
GlobeLink would have included a new freight airport near Monarto, and dual rail-road lines linking it to Port Adelaide. It was heavily spruiked by Ms Flint in her Boothby re-election campaign, and Georgina Downer in her two bids to win the seat of Mayo, because of the project’s promise to reduce heavy vehicle traffic in the electorates. In a statement on Tuesday, Ms Flint blamed low population and economic growth under the former State Labor Government as reasons why the project did not stack up.
A flyer for the GlobeLink plan featuring Boothby MP Nicolle Flint and Waite MP Sam Duluk.Transport Minister Stephan Knoll on Monday said the State Government had “fulfilled its election commitment” to fund a business case into the GlobeLink plan announced in 2017.
The KPMG report concluded that neither the airport, planned freeway connection or freight rail upgrade would deliver a benefit that justified the immense costs involved.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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