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Rail link a boost to the south

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Research, health, education, industry and community is set to be transformed by the much anticipated Flinders link rail line, which heralds a new era in jobs and economic development in the south of Adelaide.

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling welcomes the awarding of the rail contract, which will see Flinders rail station built adjacent to the Flinders Hospitals and the University.

“The rail is an $125 million investment that will yield many billions in benefits for the surrounding precinct,” Professor Stirling says.

“A durable and efficient transport solution is critical to Flinders University’s future growth. Flinders has an ambition to expand teaching and research facilities, student accommodation and community amenity, and certainty around the rail development will help our planning to progress.

“The rail link enhances connectivity to Flinders University and will enable more students to conveniently access the wonderful learning opportunities available at our Bedford Park campus. It will also encourage further growth in international student numbers for whom convenient transport between the University and the CBD is a high priority.

“It is also excellent news for the for the Tonsley innovation precinct and will assist in integrating innovations ecosystems in SA.

“All of this means more jobs and more growth in Adelaide’s south.

“The rail extension may be just half a kilometre, but it has huge implications, effectively shrinking the 12 kilometre distance between Flinders and the CBD in terms of travel times and connectability,” Professor Stirling says.

“We congratulate the Government for progressing this vital initiative,” he says.

Source: Flinders University

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