TRANSPORT PLANS: Proposed transport solutions for the Eyre and West region identified in the state government’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan.A POSSIBLE heavy vehicle bypass around Port Lincoln, investigations of rail improvements to support the grain industry, and wider highways with more rest areas are part of the state government’s vision for transport on Eyre Peninsula over the next 30 years.
An expansion of freight capability to support growth in the mining sector and major upgrades to the region’s highways to support tourism are some of the infrastructure priorities for Eyre Peninsula and Western South Australia included in the state’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan released this week.
“There’s no denying the importance of the Eyre Peninsula and Western South Australia to this state’s economy,” Premier Jay Weatherill said.
“Not only are we seeing significant mining and tourism activity in the region, but the area also produces around 30 per cent of the state’s grain harvest and nearly 90 per cent of its seafood.
He said the upgrades proposed in the plan were designed to capitalise on the region’s strengths and make it easier and safer to travel and transport freight across the region.
The plan also looks at investigating freight rail improvements to support grain movement and how to create a direct access link between Whyalla and the main rail corridor near Spencer Junction for trains travelling west.
The plan highlights the importance of the private sector in investing in and operating transport infrastructure in South Australia.
“Much of the expanded capacity needed in our ports, roads and rail links to service the expected increase in mining activity will be possible through private investment.”
Regional passenger transport services would also be improved under the plan, with the state government planning to work closely with councils on the issue.
The government also plans to work with councils on local issues like options for heavy vehicles bypass of towns including Port Lincoln, airport master plans for Port Lincoln Whyalla and Ceduna, and road pedestrian and cycle networks.
The plan is available online at www.transportplan.sa.gov.au and people are encouraged to have their say on the transport infrastructure priorities for their region.
A consultation event will be held in Port Lincoln at the Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace on Thursday, November 21.
Written submissions can be sent to Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan feedback, GPO BOX 1533, Adelaide SA 5001 or email to [email protected] or call 1800 767 254.
Submissions close on Friday, November 29.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.