Northern Rail Freight Bypass

We undertook a public transport study across the Fleurieu and Adelaide Hills looking at future demands and develop ideas to improve public transport.


Project snapshot


All of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

Project contact

Stephen Shotton
Regional Development Manager

Alignment with RDA strategy

  • Population growth
  • Access
  • Regional Jobs
  • Economic development

Project summary

The concept focuses on developing:

  • Rail and highway bypass from Murray Bridge to Two Wells running south of Truro
  • Melbourne to Adelaide, Perth and Darwin freight diverted from Adelaide Hills and metro area
  • Provision for freight hubs in Murraylands and Two Wells districts
  • Potential to run high quality public transport services from the Hills into Adelaide using former freight corridor and freed up road capacity

Anticipated Key Benefits:

  • Free up capacity and extend the economic life of existing freeway
  • Improved safety on existing freeway
  • Reduced freight operation costs
  • Substantial mitigation of level crossing delays
  • Reduced congestion on metropolitan arterial roads
  • Reduced fire danger in Hills districts
  • Shifting of logistics hubs out of inner areas of Adelaide, freeing up land for urban infill

Project Scope

RDA (Adelaide Hills Fleurieu & KI) is seeking proposals from a small group of targeted organisations to undertake a scoping study into the Realignment of the Adelaide Hills Rail corridor via a review and update of the GHD final report on Adelaide Rail Freight Movements Study for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government published in June 2010.

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