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A passenger train service to Mount Barker would be a boon for investment in the area, the region’s local business association says, following calls by local authorities for the Government to investigate a new rail corridor.
Huge investment opportunities are to be gained if a push to bring rail back to Mount Barker gets enough traction to become reality, its local business association says.
Business Mount Barker committee member Tom Gilbert said a rail renaissance in his town would be “fantastic”, leading to a steady increase in residents and businesses choosing to set up in the area.
“The more people that want to come up here, the more businesses will relocate here and more people will have a job – it’s a positive all-round,” Mr Gilbert said.
The owner of Adelaide Hills Toyota began selling cars for the family business in 1993, and has witnessed “massive changes” in the township.
“I’ve seen the road out the front go from two lanes to four and the little town is groaning under the weight of traffic,” he said.
“Everyone has a car and a lot of people are commuting to the city – but a lot of people also work in Mount Barker and live in town.”
Mount Barker Council chief executive Andrew Stuart would love to see passenger trains return to the region.While Mr Gilbert is supportive of a push by local authorities to investigate the best rail corridor to the region, he believes proponents faced an uphill battle to turn the dream into reality.
As reported by The Advertiser yesterday, Mount Barker Council and Regional Development Australia’s Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island branch are pushing the rail idea, which they want the State Government to investigate.
It follows a proposal flagged last year by Luigi Rossi, who formerly worked for the Transport Department as its general manager of project delivery and deputy rail commissioner. He envisages a $1 billion, 160km/h line to Mount Barker and, later, a service to Victor Harbor and Murray Bridge.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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