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Unley to benefit from north-south freeway? I doubt it!

June 3, 2015

It’s  good to be positive and optimistic, but I think  hopes of a trading boom on Unley, Goodwood and King William Roads  from the planned north-south freeway are  ill-founded.

Most of the businesses that will have to re-locate when (if) the notorious bottle=neck is tackled are large commercial concerns that would find it well-nigh impossible to find a suitable site.

Spruiking the swap idea, business SA policy director Rick Cairney said that any compensation money could be used for such a move, but Unley Road Association president James Morris was cautious, saying that there were not many sites along the three main Unley shopping strips that might be suitable for large businesses with large warehouses, a feature of much of South Road.

Meanwhile, I look forward to some positive ideas from on high as to the way in which traffic redirected during the South Road facelift will be handled.

P.s. Had cause to travel along South Road this afternoon (on a mission to  take Muzz, the Hudson’s pet carpet python, to a  show-and- tell session at Eden Hills Kindergarten, but that’s another story) and tried to count the number of possible businesses which could comfortably transfer to Unley. I have to support the view of Mr Morris that there are not many sites on our main thoroughfares which could accommodate them.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    June 3, 2015 4:14 pm

    Mike, I doubt that there will be any attempt by the SA Government to rationalise the detours away from South Road during roadworks. There will be detours to the East and detours to the West. It will be the motorists who will decide which way to go and then down which road into the CBD eg. East Avenue, Goodwood Road, Victoria Avenue, Unley Road, …
    That’s what happened during the construction of Gallipoli Underpass (@ Anzac Highway & South Road intersection).
    The Western side of Unley will be hit hard, very hard.

    For my latest news come and visit Bob’s Blog


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      June 3, 2015 5:40 pm

      Bob. My very point. It’s NOW that we co need to think about addressing the inevitable consequences of the revamp. Contingency plans need to be formulated asap, and measures (???) examined. I foresee dire consequences if there is merely a knee-jerk reaction when the bulldozers move in..


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