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The GlobeLink freight project will need to go back to the drawing board, Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll has indicated.
Following 18 months of assessment, a consultants’ report has come up with about 60 options to address the problems GlobeLink was supposed to solve.
“At the end of the day, I don’t mind what the answer is, I just want to know what the truth is,” Mr Knoll told an SA Freight Council conference on Tuesday.
“The most likely outcome is that it’s going to lead to some further work.
“I’m keen to get it (the consultants’ report) out there because it’s going to spark quite interesting discussions.
“There are things contemplated in there that are not things that have previously been contemplated. There are some short-term opportunities.”
Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll.The Government has allocated $20 million to investigate the GlobeLink plan.
This included hiring professional services firm KPMG and infrastructure developers AECOM to assess a business case.
The plan envisaged a multi-billion dollar rail and road freight route sweeping behind the Adelaide Hills from Murray Bridge to Truro and then west along the northern Barossa Valley to connect with the Northern Expressway and the Adelaide-Port Augusta rail line.
In addition, a freight-only airport and intermodal park would be built near Murray Bridge.
Release of the consultants’ report was up to Cabinet, Mr Knoll said.
Artist’s impression of proposed GlobeLink freight-only airport near Monarto.Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said the company had made its position quite clear to the GlobeLink assessment.
“You cannot split the freight and passenger task – it threatens the sustainability of airlines if you do,” he said.
“We have nine airlines with very reliable service to 300 destinations around the world (with maximum one intervening stop).
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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