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Port Adelaide rail line back on agenda

The newly-elected South Australian Labor Government is set to rebuild the Port Dock railway line and station linking Port Adelaide to the CBD.

The pledge had been made leading up to the election, by Labor MP for Cheltenham, Joe Szakacs.

“South Australian Labor will build the Port Adelaide rail extension,” he said.

“After being cruelly cut by the Marshall Liberal Government when they were elected, a Malinauskas Government will get rail back to the heart of the Port.

“This is an investment for the whole western community. It’s backing in local business and local jobs. And it’s part of Labor’s commitment to return our privatised trains back to public hands. It’s an investment for the future.”

The original Port Dock train service ended in 1981 and the station was redeveloped as the Port Adelaide Police Station and Magistrates’ Court. The former goods yard is now occupied by the National Railway Museum.

The nearest railway access to a station is well south of the Port Adelaide centre.

During Labor’s previous term, in a move to service a rejuvenated Port Adelaide waterfront precinct, the government had proposed building a 1km spur line and station running off the Outer Harbor line to connect the port centre to Adelaide.

In 2019, the plan was put on hold by the Liberals, who claimed the project was too costly.

New South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas will unveil his full cabinet on Thursday.