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Complete the job before opening the line

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to resist the temptation to have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the North Terrace tram extension before the project is complete.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan admitted on ABC radio this morning that the project won’t be finished until after the State election.

‘We’re hoping people will start to see North Terrace returning to a bit more normality during the course of February, we’ll have test trams during the course of March and then the first passenger tram services at the end of March along this extension so certainly by then – I think it won’t be back to normal obviously because we’ll have a new tram service down North Terrace but in terms of construction work and the completion of the infrastructure and the services running at the end of March.’ (Minister Mullighan ABC Radio Adelaide 15/01/18)

“The Weatherill Government has a track record of conducting official ceremonies for public transport projects before they are completed and then closing them at a later date to finish the work,” said Shadow Minister for Transport David Pisoni.

“Labor’s practice of opening and shutting public transport projects to meet political timelines damages public confidence in the transport system and adds unnecessary expense for taxpayers.

“Doing the job right the first time will be the golden rule for infrastructure projects under a Marshall Liberal Government.

“Minister Mullighan needs to put public transport commuters and taxpayers before his re-election chances.”