South Australian State Government unveils ‘Rural Freight Improvement Program’

The South Australian State Government’s ‘Rural Freight Improvement Program’ has identified projects that will enhance the safety and efficiency of freight operations in rural South Australia.

Transport Minister, Tom Koutsantonis, said the Rural Freight Improvement Program will provide a total of $13.1 million in 2013/14 for several regional projects across the State.

“As part of this program, construction will commence on the 2.5 km long Penola Southern Bypass,” he said.

“Two level crossings will be upgraded on the Warnertown Road at Port Pirie to address safety concerns related to road trains at the rail crossings and to further enable longer vehicles to cross the railway line.

“Works for seven new and upgraded roadside rest areas will also be undertaken, with four along the Sturt Highway, two on the Stuart Highway and one along the Eyre Highway.

“The Anama Lane Road and intersection upgrade initiative, north of Clare, will also be completed.”

As part of the new Rural Freight Improvement Program, the State Government will also begin a Last Mile Freight Access Improvement initiative to address road deficiencies in ‘last mile’ freight connections for restricted access vehicles, such as B-doubles and road trains.

The Rural Freight Improvement Program has funded infrastructure improvements to improve the safety and efficiency of road freight movements since 2007/08.

It aligns with priorities for regional South Australia and freight in South Australia’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan. The plan is currently out for public comment and will be finalised once DPTI has received and reviewed all submissions during the extensive public consultation period.

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