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Gawler line to run full electric services

Gawler electric

South Australia’s Gawler line will run with all electric trains from this week as another new train enters service.

It will be the 10th new Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train to join the Adelaide Metro fleet to service the line. The remaining two of the 12 ordered will enter service in coming months.

The testing and commissioning of this latest three-car train set has now been completed, meaning  it can go into service in coming days, providing capacity to run full electric services on the Gawler line.

The benefits include:

  • cleaner and greener high-performance trains
  • an improved customer experience with quieter, faster and smoother journeys for passengers
  • better reliability and safety
  • decreased noise and no diesel emissions for residents along the rail corridor and passengers at stations
  • better energy efficiency through regenerative braking
  • encouraging people to take public transport and leave their cars at home.

Transport minister Tom Koutsantonis said it was another step forward in the transition to an efficient, zero-emissions public transport system to support the State Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050.

“These EMUs have been custom-fitted for the Adelaide Metro fleet by Alstom to provide maintenance services to the metropolitan train operator, Keolis Downer Adelaide,” he said.

“Once the remaining two EMU trains enter service, Adelaide Metro will have a fleet of 34 EMU trains to maintain fully electric services on the Gawler, Seaford and Flinders lines.

“The addition of the 10th train to the Gawler line gives us the capacity to run a fully-electric service on the line. On occasions, it may still be necessary to run on a diesel train on the line due to maintenance and fleet improvements across the network. However, each additional EMU builds greater capacity to continue all-electric services during these periods.

The State Government committed to purchasing 12 new EMU trains as part of the Gawler Rail Electrification Project.

The first of these new EMU trains was introduced into service in April 2022.

“We’re flicking the switch on a new era for the Gawler line – with sufficient capacity for passengers to enjoy electric trains on every service,” Koutsantonis said.

“Electric services not only deliver a better experience for our passengers with efficient, quieter and more comfortable rides, but also supports the State Government to reduce emissions and deliver a greener future.

“By leaving your car behind and embracing public transport, you’re actively contributing to easing traffic congestion and supporting sustainability – every train trip takes hundreds of cars off our roads.”