Bus solution

A local MP believes “hundreds of millions of dollars” needs to be invested in a Globelink-style truck bypass around the Hills.

A call from the head of Stirling’s business association to create more Park ‘n’ Rides in the Hills appears to have merit.
Simon Jones wants the State Government to upgrade the existing Crafers bus interchange and to create new facilities at both Verdun and Bridgewater.
He does not believe creating those facilities will ultimately solve the growing issue of commuter congestion on the freeway, but could instead provide a short-term fix to the problem while the Government develops a long-term solution.
Each day the streets of Stirling, Crafers, Bridgewater and Aldgate are filled with the parked cars of those who catch buses to the city for work.
That indicates the existing 38-space Crafers interchange is inadequate and also highlights the need for extra Park ‘n’ Rides in the region.
Creating new facilities is likely to attract more locals onto buses, reducing the number of cars on the freeway.
The freeway’s congestion problems are increased each week by the rapid expansion of the Mt Barker Council area, with more than 60% of its population commuting to Adelaide … predominately by car.
The State Government has ruled out creating a passenger rail service and is instead investigating how to improve the region’s bus services to the city.
Some solutions could include the creation of dedicated bus routes, improved bus amenities and an O-Bahn system, which could involve a tunnel under the freeway’s intersection with Glen Osmond, Cross and Portrush roads.
Job creation within the region to reduce commuter traffic should also be included in any investigations.
However none of those can be implemented at the drop of a hat, meaning relatively cheap and proven short-term solutions such as more Park ‘n’ Rides must be considered.