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The Northern Connector is expected to save up to seven minutes of travel time and reduce costs for the transport industry.
The Northern Connector is expected to save up to seven minutes of travel time and reduce costs for the transport industry.

‘Game-changing’ project to reduce transport time

The Federal Government has teamed up with a state government to deliver a major road project that is expected to reduce heavy vehicle transport times.

The Federal and South Australian governments last week announced that they would invest $985 million – $788 million and $197 million, respectively – to build the Northern Connector in Adelaide.

The project involves the construction of a new six-lane 15.5km road linking the Northern Expressway with the South Road Superway and the Port River Expressway. It is part of the North-South Corridor project, a major 78km route that will be constructed between Gawler and Old Noarlunga over a 10-year period.

A media statement released by the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure claimed the Northern Connector would reduce travel time for commuters by up to seven minutes, avoiding six sets of traffic lights. It was said the project would additionally help drive economic growth and boost productivity within the state.

“With more than half of Adelaide’s freight task located to the north and west of Adelaide, the Northern Connector will significantly reduce heavy vehicle travel times and lower operating costs for the transport industry,” the statement read.

“This strategic freight route from northern SA to Port Adelaide will ensure primary producers can get their products to market more effectively and at less cost, meaning more opportunities to grow their business and create jobs.”

The project is expected to support an average of 480 jobs a year during construction and, once operational, to be used by more than 52,000 vehicles on weekdays.

The media statement additionally noted that the recent funding announcement represented the single largest investment that any federal government had invested in SA infrastructure.

Planning work for the project is already underway, with major construction expected to commence by May 2016 and to reach completion by the end of 2019.

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