THE South Australian Government last week said that a detailed business case will be prepared for the construction of the AdeLINK tram network after it was identified as a priority project by Infrastructure Australia last week.
The business case will include planning, design, identifying the precise tram routes and stops, as well as environmental and land value benefits, and the final project costs.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the State Government would commit $4 million for a rigorous business case that will enable the Commonwealth Government to commit vital project funding.
"This work is about ensuring AdeLINK is ready to be funded, and we will be working with the Commonwealth Government and local governments to help us advance this exciting public transport project," Mr Weatherill said.
"Expanding our tram network has the potential to attract investment, boost economic growth and encourage urban renewal and jobs, and bring residents and visitors to the city centre.
"Importantly, it will support and contribute to the growing market demand for residential development in the CBD, inner and middle metropolitan Adelaide."
The State Government's Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan outlines:
- EastLINK – extending east through Kent Town to The Parade;
- WestLINK – following Henley Beach Road to Henley Square, with a branch line to Adelaide; Airport. The existing tram line to Glenelg also forms part of WestLINK;
- ProspectLINK – following O'Connell Street to Prospect Road;
- UnleyLINK – following Unley Road and Belair Road to Mitcham;
- CityLINK – following a continuous loop around the city with transfers at other tram lines and the Adelaide Railway Station; and
- PortLINK – using the existing Outer Harbor line with additional services to Port Adelaide, West Lakes and Semaphore.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said that while the potential benefits are substantial, each stage will be carefully reviewed and evaluated to ensure our planned network continues to match the city's growth and changing travel requirements.
"There will also be further engagement with the community and local governments during the development of the detailed business case," Mr Mullighan said.
A tender will be released shortly for a company to provide business case for the AdeLINK tram network.
"The release of this tender demonstrates the State Government is getting on with the job of delivering our vision of an expanded tram network for Adelaide," Mr Mullighan said.
Photo: Tram in Adelaide / Shou-Hui Wang / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 / Photo has been cropped.