Two new projects on the Infrastructure Priority List
Two new infrastructure projects have been listed on Australia Infrastructure's Priority List of nationally significant investments needed over the next 15 years.
The new projects include the Gawler Rail Line Electrification and Modernisation Project, the South Australian Government's plan to modernise one of Adelaide's busiest passenger rail routes.
The line provides services between Adelaide’s CBD and northern suburbs, as well as access to the regional centres of Mawson Lakes, Salisbury, Elizabeth and Gawler.
The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit found that due to ongoing population growth in northern Adelaide, the number of commuters travelling on the Gawler line would almost double by 2031—meaning the rail line could reach capacity within five to ten years.
The Ballarat Rail Line Upgrade, which was also added to the Priority List, proposes the delivery of additional train services connecting Melbourne's growing outer west to the CBD.
The Ballarat Line is an important regional public transport link for Melbourne's outer west and provides access between the Melbourne CBD and growing population centres, such as Melton, Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat.
Strong population growth in Melbourne's outer west is driving increased demand for public transport, with the Ballarat Line already at capacity during peak times, causing passenger crowding and affecting the reliability of services.
More information about the Infrastructure Priority List is here.