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THE State Government needs to listen to the patrons of the Belair railway and their call to build a freight train bypass (The Advertiser, 8/6/15). The main issue, however, is not the punctuality of the Belair passenger service, but the need to remove freight from our roads.
Much of the freight coming into our city enters via the South-Eastern Freeway and traverses our city on our suburban road system. History has proven that heavy vehicles using that freeway can be dangerous and as the city grows the problem will escalate.
Most of this city’s freight distribution depots are to the north, so simple logic says this is where it should enter the urban area.
In Australia there is no doubt rail is the most efficient transport of freight over distance. The increased use of containerised transport is making this more so.
Unfortunately both major political parties appear happy to kowtow to the powerful road freight corporations and transport unions.
While the construction of such a bypass may cost in excess of $2.5 billion, to say that it cannot be justified is simply wrong. A bypass will take many years to construct, but the long-term benefit to this city will be immeasurable.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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