Media Release - Friday, 22 May 2015
Trains Run Late on Belair Line
The Member for Davenport, Sam Duluk MP, has called on the Minister for Transport to improve the performance of hills train services.
"Only 89.1 per cent of Belair line trains run on time. Hills commuters depend on a reliable public transport service to take the pressure off local roads such as Old Belair Road and Shepherds Hill Road. They are not getting one."
"I also remain concerned by the number of rail freight movements in the hills."
"Interstate freight trains are very long and cause significant traffic jams when they pass Glenalta, Blackwood and Coromandel boom gates. The state government needs to consider the viability of a rail freight by-pass." Mr Duluk said
The Adelaide-Melbourne rail freight corridor is one of the busiest in the nation and rail freight movements through the hills are expected to grow over the coming decade.
"We need the state government to take hills commuters and communities seriously. Passenger trains need to run on time and rail freight needs to be moved out of the hills."
The benefits of re-routing Adelaide’s rail freight out of the hills include allowing double-stacked rail containers to operate and removing freight trains from the bushfire-prone and heavily populated areas.