The traffic this year was no worse than any other. Traffic banked up to Port Arthur years ago but not recently. The reality is if a there is a mass exodus from Adelaide to Yorke Peninsula the road system will not cope unless we have dual-lane highways from Port Wakefield to Kadina, and from Federation Corner to Edithburgh. That will not happen.
For most of the year, apart from about four long weekends, the YP road system is adequate.
Country people have hold ups entering Adelaide. To reach the city from Bolivar on a Friday afternoon, for example, may take longer than the time city people take to go through Wakefield on a long weekend. Try South Road once school comes out, or going through Adelaide during the Clipsal or the Tour Down Under. Talk about hold ups.
Peter Harder claims millions could be lost because people went home a half-day earlier. A quick calculation working on 5000 tourists finds they would have to spend $200 each on the one day. That is unrealistic. If a few of the 5000 go home early the figure is nowhere near the hyped-up figures quoted.
We should look at real issues like widening the Arthurton to Yorketown or Moonta to Maitland roads so trucks can pass other road users from the opposite direction safely. This would benefit all road users. For now, I can handle the few times a year there is a bottleneck at Port Wakefield. I’m sure others can too with a little patience.
Malcolm Eglinton, Maitland