Proposed $800 million rail extension to Aldinga

 
  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/onkaparinga-council-says-train-stations-for-the-state-governments-proposed-rail-extension-to-aldinga-in-wrong-place/story-e6frea83-1226444557177



TWO train stations proposed for the $800 million rail extension to Aldinga are in the wrong place, Onkaparinga Council says.

The State Government's proposal for the new train line includes stops in Maslin Beach, Bowering Hill and near the Galilee Catholic School, in Aldinga.

Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said the trains should stop near the planned new suburb of Seaford Heights instead of Bowering Hill.

"The whole premise of when we heard Seaford Heights was going to be released for housing was that it was a potential ... site for a railway station," Ms Rosenberg said.

"If there is not going to be a station at Seaford Heights, then they need to be really serious about the size of the park and ride at Seaford."

Ms Rosenberg also said the Aldinga station should be built near the Aldinga Central Shopping Centre on Aldinga Beach Rd, instead of the school.

 
Councillors raised concerns about the proposed train stations with Transport Department spokesman Gareth Evans at a council briefing last month.

In his presentation to the council, Mr Evans outlined the Government's two preferred rail routes and also revealed:

TEN residential properties would need to be acquired for the project.

ONE proposed route would travel alongside Main South Rd and the other along Commercial Rd.

 A LARGE park and ride area would be installed at the Aldinga stop.

THE train line would run through the Rocla mine site in Maslin Beach.

TRENCHES up to 20m deep would need to be dug to install the train line.

Councillor Don Chapman agreed the Government needed to reconsider the placement of the stations.

He also said it should consider building the train line along Old Coach Rd to coincide with the council's planned upgrade of the strip.

Mr Evans said the department would seek feedback from the council before consulting residents and businesses about the planned routes in the coming months.

But buying land for the project would not be included in the budget until 2016/2017.

A Transport Department spokeswoman would not comment on the proposal until it was released for public consultation.


I figured they would go through the Rocla sand mine. It makes sense as its pretty close to the town itself.

Notice how there is no link for more information, this is all we get for now.



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  62440 Chief Commissioner


http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11369869.htm deals with this, should be moved there as it adds to the discussion
  Sojourner Train Controller

Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"

Because the first time that happened was such a success Rolling Eyes

Such a proposal these days wouldn't even be useful for vote buying (most people would not like having their district carved in two by a rail corridor), let alone a useful service that provides a clear advantage over other methods of transport.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"


I really wonder why some people have this obsession about a train to Willunga.

The main population centre and growth area is within the Port Willunga, Aldinga Beach and Aldinga (Township) triangle and to a lessor degree the Sellicks Beach area.

Growth in the Willunga and McLaren Vale is being restricted to "maintain the (rural) character" of those areas.

In reality there never was and won't ever be a viable need for rail services to Willunga.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"


No, they're going to extend to Tunkalilla first.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"


No, they're going to extend to Tunkalilla first.
"Aaron"


Why does that somehow make sense Aaron?  Rolling Eyes
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"


No, they're going to extend to Tunkalilla first.
"Aaron"
Why does that somehow make sense Aaron? Rolling Eyes
"Pressman"

It makes more sense than building another line to Willunga, for which we have prior knowledge to show it will be the biggest and whitest of all white elephants (and not even useful for vote buying, if a single property needs to be compulsarily acquired it would condemn the Government to a term in Opposition). But nobody has tried building a rail line to Tungkalilla yet, so we may as well give it a shot because we can't be certain that it will fail until we try.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"


No, they're going to extend to Tunkalilla first.
"Aaron"
Why does that somehow make sense Aaron? Rolling Eyes
"Pressman"


Because as you would know, then it's just two short bridges via 'The Pages' to Cape Willoughby thus enabling eventual AdMet train services to Penneshaw via Vivvone Bay!

I've sailed out to and around The Pages a couple of times, fun and almost scary times. Wish I could have caught the train there so much easier than keeping a keen eye on the wind and current!
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Would be interesting to see if there is going to be a study into a spur line to Willunga if they are going as far as Aldinga?
"Sojourner"


No, they're going to extend to Tunkalilla first.
"Aaron"
Why does that somehow make sense Aaron? Rolling Eyes
"Pressman"


Because as you would know, then it's just two short bridges via 'The Pages' to Cape Willoughby thus enabling eventual AdMet train services to Penneshaw via Vivvone Bay!

I've sailed out to and around The Pages a couple of times, fun and almost scary times. Wish I could have caught the train there so much easier than keeping a keen eye on the wind and current!
"Aaron"

If you were a train driver you could forget about the wind, but keep an eye on the ammeter for the current!
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
LOL!

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