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Leighton wins SA rail link contract

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Leighton Holdings last week announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Thiess has scored a $291m deal to build a “state significant” rail link connecting Seaford to Adelaide in South Australia. </span> <p>The Thiess McConnell Dowell joint venture has been awarded the contract to build the 5.7 km extension of the dual track rail line from Noarlunga to the Seaford District Centre.</p><p>The extension of passenger rail services to the growing population of Seaford will significantly improve public transport access to the area. </p><p>Providing a rail service to the Seaford District Centre is expected to reduce public transport travel times by up to 10 minutes on a trip to Adelaide. The service is expected to attract approximately 6000 public transport trips each weekday and around 1.7m trips per year.</p><p>The existing rail line to Noarlunga has the second highest patronage with only the Gawler line having greater patronage.</p><p>Thiess managing director David Saxelby said the contract win strengthened Thiess’ market position in the sector and built on the company’s 46 year history in the state.</p><p>&quotWe take a rail system approach to our planning and with an in-house integrated team we offer greater productivity, improved rail safety and value for our clients,” Saxelby said.</p><p>Key features of the SA Government transport project include:</p><p>&bull stations and park ‘n’ ride facilities at Seaford Meadows and the Seaford District Centre</p><p>&bull a bus interchange at the Seaford District Centre</p><p>&bull a 1.2 km elevated rail bridge over the Onkaparinga Valley</p><p>&bull a rail bridge over Old Honeypot Drive and</p><p>&bull road bridges over the track at Goldsmith Drive, Seaford Road and Lynton Terrace.</p><p>According to the government, improvements to the reliability and speed of public services will attract Transit Oriented Developments (TODs). In promoting higher density living areas along transport corridors the project will be essential to the development of a more efficient, urban form of transport for Adelaide.</p><p>The state government owns and is the development authority for all land along the Seaford Rail Extension corridor.</p><p>The Thiess McConnell Dowell Joint Venture will now begin the major construction works, with the new line scheduled for passenger operation in 2013.</p><p>Earlier this year, a Thiess joint venture successfully completed the Coast to Coast Light Rail Project, which extended South Australia’s tram network by 2.8 km from Adelaide city centre through to the Entertainment Centre.<br /><br />&nbsp</p>