An agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth and South Australian State Government which will see Adelaide’s Oaklands Crossing project go ahead.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher revealed that the Australian Government would pitch in an extra $55 million for the $174.3 million project, in addition to their pre-existing $40 million commitment.
The Australian Government's additional $55m contribution and the State Government’s $74.3m contribution will both be funded from savings made from North-South Corridor projects.
“Today’s announcement delivers on a 2016 election commitment and follows tireless advocacy by the Federal Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Pleasingly, we have now agreed on funding for Oaklands Crossing with the South Australian Government, as well as the City of Marion and we are progressing this critical project.”
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the South Australian Government has now given the green light to provide a $74.3 million contribution to the project.
“With the convergence of two major roads through the crossing, traffic volumes are currently 42,000 vehicles per day and are expected to grow to 66,000 by 2031, further exacerbating congestion,” Mr Weatherill said.
“This critical upgrade will ensure easier and safer access to the nearby State Aquatic Centre, along with other retail, leisure and health facilities, addressing longstanding concerns from the local community over the intersection.”
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan spoke of some of the finer details of the project.
“By separating the Oaklands rail crossing from the roads, we will significantly improve travel times for motorists who spend almost a quarter of the time during peak periods waiting at the boom gates,” Mr Mullighan said.
“I am very pleased to have been able to successfully negotiate this agreement to deliver this important upgrade, which will also deliver a 160 metre long platform which will cater to longer trains as patronage continues to increase on the Seaford line.”
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