There have long been proposals to develop a more convenient and safe corridor for freight movement into, and out of, metropolitan Adelaide. Currently, the vast majority of freight entering and exiting the city from Victoria and the state’s South East comes through the Adelaide Hills.
By road it travels along the South Eastern Freeway down to the Toll Gate, then primarily it snakes along Portrush Road and Hampstead Road, then along Grand Junction Road to Port Adelaide, or up Port Wakefield Road and out of the city. By rail it snakes through the Adelaide Hills and down into Mitcham, then adjacent to the CBD and up to the Port or up along Main North Road. Our plan will develop an alternative corridor for heavy freight.
The dangerous conditions on the Princes Highway and the noisy and disruptive freight railway will be replaced with a corridor which sweeps behind the Adelaide Hills from Murray Bridge up to Truro and then down from the north of the Barossa Valley to join road freight to the Northern Expressway before joining the Northern Connector and then the Port River Expressway and rail freight to the Adelaide-Darwin line north of Two Wells.
The corridor will be approximately 150km long and where possible will utilise existing or legacy railway corridors and roads. The corridor will avoid the heavily populated areas of the existing freight routes and be non-stop directly into the heart of the Port.