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Connect - 4 September 2020
Message from the Chief Executive
Offering more options
Adelaide's public transport system will take another step forward later this month as we trial the use of tap-and-pay with Visa, Mastercard and enabled smart devices on Adelaide Metro trams.
This is a convenience that has been available interstate and around the world for some time and it is anticipated it will be well received in South Australia.
As with the introduction of any new technology, a lot of thought and planning has gone into this and I thank those involved for their efforts.
Making a difference
We should never underestimate the value of our work, even if it seems a relatively small task.
Our Field Services patching crew were recently called to fix an issue on the Woodside Nairne Road that had been causing a problem for residents of nearby houses.
With the work completed, it was great for the team to receive a call from a resident offering a heartfelt thank you.
Upgrading for the future
The announcement this week of the preferred option for the $33 million upgrade of Flagstaff Road is the result of some great work by our teams, who have been meticulous in planning this important and much-needed project.
The upgrade will create nearly 40 jobs per year and see the road expanded to a two-way dual carriageway between Hyland Avenue and Bonneyview Road to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.
With early works due to begin later this year, we’re already engaging with the community to make sure we listen to people’s views and help them to understand the plans. Our introduction of virtual rooms is offering new convenience in this area, allowing people to get the information they need in the way they choose.
Reducing red tape
Service SA staff have done some excellent work to cut out a time-consuming difficulty for the passenger transport vehicle industry while offering the public a way to feel more confident when travelling in their vehicles.
Taxi, rideshare, bus and chauffeured vehicle owners now no longer need to attend a Service SA centre to renew their registration, with a system enhancement streamlining the vehicle inspection process by removing the requirement for owners to present their inspection certificate to Service SA.
Inspection results and the next inspection due date now automatically appear online, allowing for the completion of registration online, on the EzyReg app or by phone.
Passengers will also benefit by being able to check the current inspection status of a passenger transport vehicle through the EzyReg app, allowing them to know the vehicle they are travelling in is safe and roadworthy.
Delivering the right solutions
Work on the Flinders Link Project is continuing at pace and it’s fascinating to get some insight into the ways engineers have overcome specific challenges in construction.
This week we released a video with Senior Project Engineer Josh Newman offering the public a behind-the-scenes look at what’s been involved in delivering an elevated walkway that will connect the new Flinders station with the health, innovation and education precincts.
I encourage you to take a look at the video below.
This week’s Friday Flashback shows Adelaide Railway Station in 1910, with ticket offices and the assembly platform visible. Look carefully and you can also see the newspaper kiosk, weighing machine and clocks showing various times.
Last week’s mystery location was looking west along North Terrace, with the Gresham Hotel on the left on the King William Street North Terrace intersection. Tomasz Owczarek was the first person to contact us with correct location, closely followed by Chris Ortlieb. We’ll post another mystery location soon.
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