Media Release | SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Tom Koutsantonis MP
As featured: Nine News Adelaide here.
Adelaide Metro is expanding its bus services to the new Riverlea Park residential estate from this week following a public transport plan being agreed and funded by the Developer with the State Government.
The Government and Walker Corporation have agreed on a 10-year public transport plan with the first bus services to the estate, 35km north of Adelaide, beginning on 24 July 2023.
More than 30,000 people are expected to call the $3 billion Riverlea Park estate home over the next 25 years. The first residents moved into their new homes in October last year.
Under the agreement, Walker Corporation will invest $3 million to extend two Adelaide Metro bus routes to Riverlea Park.
From this month, the existing Route 900 between Salisbury and Virginia will be renumbered Route 402 and extended to Riverlea Park. This route will increase from two to three services in each of the AM and PM peaks on weekdays only.
The Elizabeth to Virginia portion of Route 900 will be renumbered Route 450 and will also be extended to Riverlea Park.
Services will be hourly between 6:30am to 3:30pm to Elizabeth and hourly from 10am to 7:30pm to Riverlea Park on weekdays only, increasing from the current two services during peak periods.
Both new routes will be linked with the interchanges at Salisbury and Elizabeth, and train services on the Gawler Line to make it easier for residents to commute to work and school.
Adelaide Metro will monitor service levels at Riverlea Park as the number of residents continues to increase.
Quotes attributable to Tom Koutsantonis
Residents moving into a new housing estate have a reasonable expectation that they will have access to services, including public transport.
I applaud Walker Corporation for working with the Government to extend Adelaide Metro bus services to Riverlea Park residents.
This is a significant agreement that has been reached. The financial contribution from Walker Corporation will assist in providing an important service to the community at a reduced cost to taxpayers.
Quotes attributable to Brian Virgo, Walker Corporation General Manager, Riverlea
Connectivity is one of the main pillars of our masterplanned communities and establishing a bus route from day one gives residents convenience and easy access to sustainable transport.
We will continue working with the SA Government, Playford Council and our new Riverlea Community to deliver the infrastructure needed to create a world-class, well-connected neighbourhood where people want to live, work and visit.