Taken from the ABC News Server 22/10/13,
Premier outlines 30-year transport plan for Adelaide
Updated 22 Oct 2013, 7:59amTue 22 Oct 2013, 7:59am
A transport plan costed at $36 billion and spanning the next three decades has been unveiled by Labor, with an eye on next year's South Australian poll.
A key part of the 30-year plan would be extending the Adelaide tram network to eastern, northern and southern suburbs and out to more beachside areas.
The proposed tram upgrade would include a city loop and new lines on Prospect Road, The Parade at Norwood, Unley Road, to Henley Beach and to Adelaide Airport.
The tram network would extend along the existing rail corridor and replace diesel services to Outer Harbor, Port Adelaide and Grange.
Premier Jay Weatherill said Adelaide had a great tram network until the 1950s when the lines were removed. He said he wanted the public to see where the transport growth opportunities were.
"This is a road map that will allow us to get there, to transform the way we live in South Australia," he said. "The projects we've put here are the ones that we believe are going to make the most difference."As well as trams, the plan looks at the future for buses, rail services, major roads, the state's ports and cycling infrastructure.
The Government said it would upgrade O-Bahn bus interchanges and routes and improve links with the CBD.
Terry Walsh of the Urban Development Institute welcomed the 30-year vision."We're very happy that there is a plan. We've been wanting to see a plan for some time," he said. Road Transport Association executive director Steve Shearer said it had been a long wait for a document on future transport planning. "It's really pleasing that after a long time waiting we now have a 30-year plan so it's not just a plan, it's a long-term plan," he said. "It looks on the surface like it's got all the things in it that we'd like to see, we have to look at the detail but the single most important thing is that we've now got something the Government's calling a plan and they're committing to implementing."