Adelaide transport under review

Adelaide’s public transport will be reviewed under the Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan

Adelaide transport under review
John Rau

Adelaide planners aim to ensure people can move around the city easily, as part of its Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan.

A review of city planning found that suburban is incurring huge costs to the city and taxpayers, due to the need for additional infrastructure including roads and additional public transport routes.

Planning Minister John Rau says the current planning system also needs to be more responsive and easier for people to understand.

"The government has carefully considered all the recommendations we received and has determined to either support, support in principal, undertake further investigation, or partially support each of these proposals," he says.

"The reforms suggested represent an overhaul of our entire planning system as we know it.

"The review process has taken close to two years and involved significant consultation with the community and interest groups.

"It is clear communities need to be more involved in the early stages of planning how our suburbs should look, and be developed in the future."

The South Australian Government’s goal is to encourage more people to live in the inner suburbs that are already well established, as this should prevent new infrastructure costs from spiralling out of control in the future.

The plan provides for greater travel choices, including an extensive tram network and inter-connected cycling and walking networks that support more people living and working within the CBD and inner rim.

Rau says work would begin immediately on implementing the recommendations and undertaking further investigation as required.

"This is a massive overhaul of our current system, and the reforms will not happen overnight,"  he says.

The first step in achieving this significant suite of reforms will be the development of new planning legislation.

"Drafting of the new legislation will commence immediately, in consultation with key interested parties," Rau says.

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