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Getting the city tram back on the right track

A Marshall Liberal Government will rectify Labor’s failure to provide a right-hand turn at the intersection of King William Street and North Terrace as a vital first step in expanding the CBD tram network.

“Failing to include a right-hand turn from King William Street into North Terrace is one of the Weatherill Government’s most cynical, stupid and ultimately costly transport decisions,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Failing to include a right-hand turn denies commuters easy access to the North Terrace cultural and educational institutions and the vibrant and growing East End precinct.

“When the Adelaide Botanic High School opens next year and the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site is redeveloped, there will be even more passenger movements along North Terrace.

“The Liberal plan will end the ridiculous situation where commuters travelling along King William St wanting to connect to these destinations will have to leave the tram at either Rundle Mall or the Adelaide Railway Station and catch another one heading east along North Terrace.

“Frankly, by the time commuters get off one tram and wait for another they may as well have walked.

“The decision to axe the right-hand turn from the original plans for the extension of the tram down North Terrace was driven by Labor’s need to have a ribbon cutting exercise before the state election.

“Had the Weatherill Labor Government done the job properly in the first place South Australian taxpayers would not be forced to pay for rectifying this abysmal piece of transport planning.

“This latest blow-out follows the Weatherill Government tipping an extra $10 million into the original budget to speed up the construction process to meet the March election deadline.

“Had the Weatherill Government got the planning right South Australian taxpayers would not be forced to pay for rectifying this abysmal piece of transport planning.

“South Australian taxpayers have been left with a $47 million bill to pay for Labor’s re-election campaign.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will put commuters first, not political timetables.”