The Australian Government has committed up to $1 million for a strategic traffic planning study to address congestion, connectivity, freight efficiency and safety in and around Hahndorf, South Australia.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the study was another example of the Federal and State Government working cooperatively to deliver for communities.
“The Australian Government has committed over $75 billion over the next ten year on critical infrastructure including on traffic solutions which will get people home sooner and safer,” Mr. McCormack said.
“This study will also look at busting congestion and improving freight efficiency including movement of livestock to Lobethal abattoir.
“The $1 million commitment made today will complement the Australian Government’s existing $14 million commitment towards the Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade project which will improve safety, productivity and efficiency in the transport of goods to and from the Lobethal area,” he said.
The study will commence shortly and be led by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. It will develop options for resolving current and future issues, including access and pinch points, and include stakeholder and community consultation.
South Australian Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said Hahndorf and the region were growing rapidly but the infrastructure had not kept up.
“Over one million people visit Hahndorf each year and when freight transport is added it creates real challenges for local residents trying to go about their day-to-day business,” he said.