$2.26bn new funding injection to deliver Torrens to Darlington Project

Monica Gameng   |   February 15, 2022
Artist impression of the tunnels (cr: T2D Torrens to Darlington)

The delivery of the final section of South Australia’s North-South Corridor is now certain after an additional $2.26 billion funding was invested by the Federal Government for Stage 2 of the Torrens to Darlington (T2D) Project. 

The T2D Project will complete the North-South Corridor, which is a 78-kilometre non-stop motorway between Gawler and Old Noarlunga. 

“Our plan for a strong economy in South Australia is all about investing in life-changing infrastructure on our roads and in our important defence industry projects, creating thousands of jobs in Adelaide. 

“Our Government, together with the Marshall Government, is getting on with delivering what is the most significant infrastructure project ever undertaken in South Australia that will ensure a jobs boom for the next 10 years,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. 

The $9.9 billion Torrens to Darlington Project is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments on a 50:50 basis. The new funding brings the total investment from the Federal Government to $6.8 billion. 

The T2D Project is going to be delivered in two stages: 

  • Stage 1: Southern Tunnel – will join the recently completed Darlington Upgrade Project, connecting Darlington to Anzac Highway, and will open to traffic in 2029 
  • Stage 2 will link to River Torrens to Anzac Highway, surface roads and the Northern Tunnel and will open to traffic in 2030 

“This once-in-a-generation project is going to create a record number of jobs for South Australians and underpins the construction industry for the next ten years. 

“Our strong partnership with the Morrison Government means we are able to invest in projects that make a real difference to the everyday lives of South Australians and get people home faster and safer to spend more time doing what they love,” Premier for South Australia Steven Marshall said. 

torrens-to-darlington-project-conceptSource: T2D Torrens to Darlington

$5.422 billion has been jointly committed by the Australian and South Australian Governments to deliver Stage 1 of the T2D Project. 

The new funding injection builds on the Federal Government’s existing $10.7 billion commitment for infrastructure in South Australia. 

“Set to unlock Adelaide’s traffic network, the T2D will stimulate economic activity, helping ensure people, produce and products arrive where they need to be safer and sooner. 

“The Morrison Government remains committed to funding the delivery of significant infrastructure projects across South Australia and the nation, getting Australians home sooner and safer helping freight move more quickly between our cities,” Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said. 

The T2D Project will deliver the final 10.5-kilometre section of the North-South Corridor and it is the most significant road infrastructure development in the State. 

In addition to unlocking Adelaide’s traffic network, the T2D Project is also set to provide a boost in economic activity with the massive development anticipated to support up to 4,900 jobs. 

The T2D Project will consist of two tunnel sections connected by the Tunnel Connector lowered motorway. The Southern Tunnel will link Darlington to Anzac Highway while the Northern Tunnel – located north of Anzac Highway – will connect to Torrensville. 

“The vision of linking southern and northern Adelaide with a non-stop motorway will finally be fully funded, fully delivered and is set to be a drivers paradise. 

“The Darlington exchange and northern stretch of the motorway have been transformational for road users, with this tunnelling of around 60 per cent of the final stretch allowing motorists to bypass approximately 21 sets of traffic lights and have one of the best transport experiences in the nation. 

“With closer cooperation and coordination, the federal and South Australian governments are backing critical infrastructure projects that are necessary to improving supply chains and helping South Australian commuters get home sooner and safer,” Federal Minister for Finance and Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said. 

Major construction on the T2D Project is expected to commence in late 2023 and completed by late 2030. 

Source: Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts; T2D Torrens to Darlington (1, 2, 3

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Monica Gameng
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