NPSP Mayor says no tram funding in State Budget a missed opportunity

26/06/2017

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor Robert Bria has labelled the State Government decision not to fund part of the AdeLINK tram network in this year’s Budget as a “missed opportunity”.

“I would have thought the Federal Government’s neglect to fund AdeLINK in their May Budget, presented the State Government with the ideal opportunity to demonstrate how serious they are about light rail connecting metropolitan Adelaide,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

"Whilst I accept funding is required for roads, I don't believe the Government has found the balance between funding roads and light rail."

Mayor Bria voiced his concerns over the lack of announcements made about the proposed tram routes and indicative timings of the project roll out, despite the $4 million feasibility study being completed several months ago.

"Funding the EastLINK extension along The Parade, or any other location part of the AdeLINK routes for that matter, would have indicated to South Australians that the State Government is prepared to invest in light rail with or without Federal Government support.”

The Council has been consistent in its support for a tram route along The Parade for four years.

“I know that many traders and property owners view the proposed tram extension as an important infrastructure project for the precinct, alongside multistorey apartments, the Norwood Oval Upgrade and The Parade Masterplan.”

The Council had temporarily delayed the progress of The Parade Masterplan while awaiting an announcement regarding the AdeLINK tram network.

“The Council will now resume developing a concept plan for The Parade Masterplan, assuming that EastLINK won’t be announced for the eastern suburbs anytime soon."

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077