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A planned rail spur to the heart of Port Adelaide has been delayed after a detailed review found it would go $24 million over budget.
The State Government will instead conduct a study into public transport options in the northwestern suburbs that might suggest a cheaper option — such as a bus interchange.
The previous Labor government budgeted $16 million in 2017 for an extension of the Port Adelaide train line to Port Dock Station, opposite the new $168 million Dock One housing development.
It awarded a contract for the project to construction firms McConnell Dowell, Mott MacDonald and Arup in January 2018.
Artist impression of the planned Port Adelaide rail spur, which has now been shelved.However, a new study into the project has found it would go well over budget and cost $40 million.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the original funding was provided without any planning and the Government had identified other possible ways to improve public transport in Port Adelaide and the northwestern suburbs.
The study would also investigate “enhanced land use” in the district.
“A responsible State Government needs to assess if this significant increase in expenditure will deliver the best public transport solution for the people of Port Adelaide and surrounding areas,” Mr Knoll said.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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