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Overview of Study

GlobeLink is a multi-billion-dollar vision that involves a new road and rail corridor that sweeps behind the Adelaide Hills to connect the National Highway and rail link from Victoria to northern Adelaide, as well an intermodal export park and freight-only airport at the Murray Bridge end of the corridor. Further details can be found at

The South Australian Government has committed $20 million to the preparation of a Master Plan and Business Case for GlobeLink. These documents are critical in supporting a future funding proposal, and are intended for submission to Infrastructure South Australia and Infrastructure Australia for consideration.

Given the importance and scale of this initiative, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is undertaking a multi-stage and evidence based approach to the preparation of these documents. The multi-stage process, similar to Infrastructure Australia’s assessment framework, involves:

  • Stage 1 – Problem/opportunity identification and assessment
  • Stage 2 – Options development, assessment and shortlisting
  • Stage 3 – Master plan and business case development
  • Stage 4 – Full business case assessment by ISA and IA

Stages 1 and 2 have been initiated, with Stage 1 completed and Stage 2 expected to be completed by late 2019. The findings of Stages 1 and 2 will inform the next stages of work.

KPMG and AECOM have been contracted to undertake Stages 1 and 2, and are working closely with DPTI.

Have Your Say

Anybody can help shape the vision for GlobeLink through the Have Your Say website, which can be sourced at

Engagement with industry and the freight sector will also be a crucial part of the study. Two successful Market Sounding Events for a wide range of industry stakeholders have already been held, as well as extensive freight and industry stakeholder meetings.

Current Status

Industry feedback and data has been consolidated and assessed to develop options which are being refined as part of Stage 2, to develop a shortlist for consideration.