Adelaide is a long way from the city’s traditional suburban heartland, but the new railway line that will run through the city is changing the way the city runs.
The Adelaide Hills train line, which runs from Southport to Adelaide, will be replaced by a new rail corridor between the city and the outer suburbs.
The Southport and South Coast Railway, which has run from South Adelaide to South Fremantle since 1884, has been used to connect suburbs such as South Fremantons Point to the inner suburbs.
Adelaide’s new railway will be much closer to the city, with a shorter line.
Adelaide will now get the South Coast railway, while the existing railway will continue to run between Southport, North Adelaide, and the inner city.
In a recent report, the Adelaide City Council (ACCC) highlighted how the new line will provide new opportunities for the city to get away from the car.
“We have to be aware of that, as well as the new industrial area and the growth opportunities that come with that, that we have to find ways to manage the growth of that area,” the report states.
“But the railway line will also be very much a growth engine, particularly as we move forward in the future, to ensure we are not going to be driven into the future by population growth.”
The new rail route will be able to carry passengers and freight up to 60 per cent of the time.
In the future Adelaide’s rail network will be upgraded to allow for higher speeds and higher capacity, with new routes opening to passengers and goods.
“What we have now is the railway which is built around the CBD,” Mr Kranz said.
“The CBD is not an easy area to operate in because it is not a city, but we will be very, very lucky to get an operation that will be more resilient.”
A rail line will make Adelaide’s suburban landscape more sustainable Mr Kraan said the railway will also have benefits for Adelaide’s urban landscape.
“It will provide a direct link to the CBD and the rest of Adelaide, because there is a line that runs down to North Adelaide,” he said.