The Federal Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher and South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan announced that expressions of interest will be called to separate the rail corridors at the Torrens Junction and adjacent road and rail level crossing on Adelaide’s Inner Ring Route.
So what does this mean for the 1,000 cyclists who use the Mike Turtur Bikeway each day? Good news. The Torrens Junction works, Stage 2 of the overall project, will feature the construction of a new pedestrian and cycling overpass at Goodwood to complete the popular Mike Turtur Bikeway, Adelaide’s busiest cycling commuter route to the city.
This infrastructure will eliminate the need for cyclists to dismount in order to use the underpass at the Goodwood train station. That means a faster and safer journey for all, which in our experience means more people taking the opportunity to jump on their bikes and leave the car at home.
And for those who would enjoy better access to the station by bike and to then jump on the train, it’s also going to be a positive. (PS If you think undercover bicycle parking facilities would be a bonus, please let us know via email and we will pass on to the department).This jointly funded federal and state government project is to be applauded. It will resolve the biggest ‘missing link’ along this vital piece of Adelaide’s cycling infrastructure. Bike SA would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of the transport department’s cycling planners who have been quietly beavering away on this high end infrastructure for some time.
To add a bit of icing on the cake, it turns out that these vital works are good for the economy as well, supporting about 212 jobs a year during construction.