HDS Australia has recently completed the second stage in development of an integrated 2030 Regional Transport Plan and associated Regional Road Action Plans for the Murray and Mallee Local Government Association. This region covers the eastern area of South Australia, and includes the major regional city of Murray Bridge, as well as key towns and important centres in the Murray, Mallee and Riverland. Development of the Transport Plan was undertaken by a specialist team of road transport planning and traffic engineers from HDS Australia led by John Olson, Managing Director and Principal Engineer.
The 2030 Regional Transport Plan considers local government transportation links throughout the Murray and Mallee region in the context of key economic and social drivers in the area and pays particular attention to freight, tourism and community access needs. Providing improved local road systems to link communities in the region together and improving access to state arterial roads, airport and rail facilities was a key focus of the plan.
As part of the project HDS Australia developed a model of freight movements to identify regionally significant local roads which provide key routes for freight movement in the Murray and Mallee region. These routes link industry centres, farming areas and other freight generators in the region. The model was used to identify freight links on which at least 1,000 tonnes of freight per week (the equivalent of 50,000 tonnes per annum) are hauled.
The 2030 Regional Transport Plan includes a methodology for the creation and periodic update of Regional Road Action Plans which list immediate, medium term and long term requirements for road improvements. Councils in the Murray and Mallee region have now completed a broad “fit-for-purpose” assessment of the condition of each regionally significant road transport route to identify existing deficiencies in the road network. The results of these assessments have been used to generate Regional Road Action Plans that will now form the basis of future road improvement funding applications and decisions within the region.