Federal government to investigate transport needs of South Australia

The federal government has announced it will be investing upwards of $2 million in investigating the future transport needs of South Australia, an initiative which has earned the support of the RAA.

The forthcoming integrated transport and movement study is set to provide a 'transport blueprint' for the state that will help ensure the future needs of motorists in South Australia continue to be met.

Federal minister for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese says that undertaking this study and implementing the recommendations that result will help Adelaide maintain its status as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

"We’ve just delivered a decade of unprecedented investment in transport so now we want to discuss with South Australians how we capitalise and drive further investment," said Mr Albanese last month.

According to RAA general manager of Public Affairs Penny Gale, the study has been overdue for nearly a decade.

"South Australians deserve to know how in the long term they will be able to get around their city and state, safely and as easily as possible," said Ms Gale in a statement released by the RAA on March 5.

"We need to understand government thinking around the ways to link and balance the needs of everyone who uses the roads - either as motorists, cyclists, public transport commuters or pedestrians."

The news will be encouraging to any fleet manager operating out of South Australia, as it suggests that further improvements to the road infrastructure of the state will be forthcoming.

One of the issues set to be addressed in the report includes the finalisation of South Road, and the options surrounding the future of this key South Australian arterial highway.

According to Ms Gale, more than 85 per cent of RAA members agree that South Australia should have some sort of transport plan in place, while less than 2 per cent were opposed to investing in such an initiative.