Lack of rail line foresight?

Light MP Tony Piccolo shows concerns about a lack of foresight shown by the state government in the rail electrification project.
Light MP Tony Piccolo shows concerns about a lack of foresight shown by the state government in the rail electrification project.

The Gawler railway electrification project could be dug up within a few years of it being built, if a Concordia development goes ahead, Light MP Tony Piccolo says.

He explained that the state government “is not planning to lower the rail line during the electrification project and therefore wont separate Murray Street and the train line crossing”.

“I can’t believe that the Marshall Liberal Government is prepared to waste millions of dollars digging up and re-laying a brand new line within a few years,” Mr Piccolo said.

“It is just scandalous.

He shared how for 16 years the Liberals called on the previous state government to re-open the Barossa line and in one of their first decisions, are stopping that option off.

“Putting aside for one moment the sheer hypocrisy, the lack of foresight means the proper redevelopment of the Gawler Central Railway Station precinct is again delayed.

“Not only is it a wasted opportunity, but also a sheer waste of money.

“If the line is not lowered and extended to Concordia at the existing grade, it will result in traffic chaos in the town every day,” he added.

Mr Piccolo said that he will raise the matter with his federal colleague, Nick Champion to see if it is possible for an incoming Labor Federal Government” to right this wrong, if they are elected next year”.

“This is such a poor decision, which could derail the proper development of that end of the town,” Mr Piccolo said.

In addition, Mr Piccolo said he has been unable to confirm whether the historic canopy will be re-erected at the Gawler Railway historic precinct as part of the electrification project, as originally planned by the previous State Labor Government.