THE South Australian Government has opened the new permanent Adelaide Showground Station, which was delivered as part of a $110 million State and Federal government funded upgrade of Goodwood Junction to separate the freight and Belair passenger lines from the Seaford (Noarlunga) line.
Located on the south-eastern corner of Anzac Highway and Greenhill Road at Wayville, the station will service the Belair and Seaford passenger lines and provide a permanent service for events held at the Adelaide Showgrounds. The new station replaces both the temporary Showground Station and Keswick Railway Station.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the new station will provide a number of benefits to the community.
"The station will offer year-round access to the showgrounds for the more than one million people who visit each year for events, exhibitions, concerts and university exams, and replaces the need to create a temporary station for each Adelaide Show," Mr Koutsantonis said.
"It will provide the community with better access to Ashford Hospital and businesses on Anzac Highway and has been designed to meet the needs of bicycle users, pedestrians, families with prams and people in wheelchairs.
"It will also greatly improve connections and access for train users transferring between the Seaford (Noarlunga) and Belair lines," Mr Koutsantonis said.
Patronage over the next 15 years is expected to increase to up to 880 passengers a day.
Key features of the station include:
- Canopied platforms servicing both the Belair and the Seaford (Noarlunga) lines;
- A new pedestrian footbridge over the rail lines and station platforms;
- A pedestrian/cycling underpass beneath Anzac Highway, connecting the station to the northern side of Keswick Bridge;
- Shared use paths, ramps and stairs connecting the pedestrian footbridge, Greenhill Road, Rose Terrace, Anzac Highway, and the CBD;
- A lift for easy access to the central station platforms from the pedestrian footbridge and
- Bicycle parking rails and bicycle enclosure located next to the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds.
The station, located within close proximity of the Keswick Army Barracks, also includes displays at the western and eastern end of the pedestrian overpass in honour of the State's military history.