The South Australian Regional Rail Alliance are calling for the state government to reintroduce rail transport services to the Spencer Gulf region.
They say regional train services will be needed ahead of the region’s expected growth in the years ahead.
The Rail Alliance are proposing connecting Adelaide to rural South Australia, and in particular Whyalla to accommodate the predicted population rise in the region.
They say a working regional rail network would create employment opportunities and be the catalyst for business, housing and community development in regional areas.
The rail lines connecting Adelaide to the Spencer Gulf region are already in place.
The SA Regional Rail Alliance is calling for the State Government to re-build, revitalise and re-energise the State's regional rail network.
The group proposes the existing rail network can be used and expanded upon.
The main rail line from Adelaide to northern and western Australia, under the control of the Australian Rail Track Corporation, already carries freight and tourist trains, the Ghan and the IP.
The line into Port Pirie can be put back into use - and then with services to Port Augusta and around to Whyalla, this rail link will be vital for public transport and rail freight to service residents and the enlarging steelworks.
The group says if rail passenger services were to be introduced to Whyalla, itʼs not hard to imagine rail passenger, freight and rail-tourist services being extended to Port Lincoln – really opening up the Eyre Peninsula to greater economic and social activity.