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Greens push to make tram extension a Dunstan by-election issue

19 February 2024

The SA Greens are seeking to put the tram extension to Norwood back on the agenda, with the party set to move on the issue in State Parliament this week.

“The people of Dunstan are crying out for better public transport options. Back in 2018 Labor announced a plan for a tram extension to Norwood, sadly the idea was shelved. Six years on, it’s time to put this proposal back on track,” said Greens Transport Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.

“This week, in State Parliament, I’ll be moving a motion calling for the State Government to conduct a feasibility study, so that we can get the latest costings on the table and give the community options to consider. We know that this would be a drop in the ocean compared to the billions of dollars being pumped into the North-South corridor project. By re-directing just a fraction of that money, the State Government could service Dunstan with a tram and significantly boost the public transport options available for the area.”

Greens candidate for Dunstan, Katie McCusker backed the move:

“A tram is desperately needed for our local community.  Residents are sick and tired of congestion and they really want to see a tram back on the table. A tram extension would reduce congestion in the area and reduce carbon emissions.”

“The Greens will be hitting the streets in coming days talking to the community about the plan and we really welcome their feedback,” she said.

The Greens say the tramline could be extended from the Botanic Gardens, up Payneham Road (finishing before the Portrush Road intersection) but want to work with the community and planning experts to identify the most viable route.