Freight Rail, Passenger Rail

Expressions of interest sought for SA public transport projects

The South Australian government is seeking expressions of interest for the Oaklands Crossing upgrade, the Port Adelaide rail spur line and station project, and the park’n’ride upgrades at Tea Tree Plaza and Klemzig.

$74.3 million is being invested by the state government into the Oaklands Crossing grade separation upgrade, along with $5 million from the City of Marion and $95 million from the federal government.

The crossing is located on the Seaford train line at the intersection of Morphett and Diagonal Roads, where, currently, it causes congestion and traffic delays, putting pressure on the road network in the surrounding area.

“Removing the Oaklands Park level crossing will reduce delays for the 42,000 vehicles which travel through this level crossing each weekday while also improving train services for the 15,000 passengers who use the Seaford line each day,” state transport minister Stephen Mullighan said.

The project will see the delivery of a rail underpass extending 400 metres east and west of the level crossing, along with an extended 160-metre platform and improvements to the bus and train interchange. The government expects 160 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.

“The state government spent many months lobbying the federal government to commit to this project and it’s pleasing that, just over a month after announcing the Commonwealth had come to the table, we are already starting the tendering process,” the transport minister said.

$16.4 million has been committed by the state government to Port Adelaide rail spur line and train station project, which will see the linking up of the Port’s commercial centre and the Dock One residential precinct with Adelaide’s CBD.

“More and more people are choosing to live and work in the Port. We’re seeing new businesses open and thousands of people flocking to events such as the Wonderwalls Festival and Winterfest,” Susan Close, Labor member for Port Adelaide said.

The spur line from the existing Outer Harbor line at Grand Junction Road will be re-constructed duplicated, while a new railway station is to be built at Baker Street. The government expects these works to begin next year and support 48 jobs.

Expressions of interest are also being called on for the $15 million upgrade of the Tea Tree Plaza and Klemzig Park‘n’Rides. which are to receive an extra 300 and 200 car parks respectively.

“Improved connectivity to public transport is one of the many reasons people are choosing to live in the north east, and these Park’n’Ride upgrades will immensely improve safety and accessibility for commuters using the O-Bahn service. I look forward to seeing the work get underway,” Labor member for Torrens Dana Wortley said.

Prequalified companies and consortia will have four weeks to prepare and submit an expression of interest, the government has said, and the two best submissions will then be invited to submit a Request for Proposal.