ADELAIDE'S tramline will be extended along North Terrace to the East End, in a $50 million expansion delivering the first stage of the AdeLINK tram network, the South Australian Government announced last week.
Adelaide City Council will contribute an additional $5 million to help fast-track the project, by providing upgrades to the public realm and contributing to the planned East End tram stop.
The extension forms Stage One of EastLINK, with future stages planned through Kent Town to the Eastern suburbs. The extension also marks the first stage in the CityLINK loop around the CBD.
The extension will feature three new stops servicing the universities and future development precinct at the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site. A $4 million business case is already underway to identify precise routes and stops, as well as environmental and land value benefits and project cost estimates.
"The AdeLINK tram network is one of our State's most exciting infrastructure projects. It will play a major role in further developing our modern, vibrant and liveable city," said Premier Jay Weatherill.
"Stage One of the EastLINK and CityLINK not only provides a new transport option for people travelling to the city's East End for work, study, shopping, sight-seeing or socialising, it will also create an new east-to-west CBD transport link.
"As we have seen with the development of the city's western Riverbank Precinct, this extension will also help to reactivate vacant sites, including key buildings along North Terrace," Mr Weatherill said.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis the funding is in addition to the $1.5 billion rail revitalisation, electrification and extension of the Noarlunga line to Seaford, the $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project, the $152.5 million electrification of the Gawler line to Salisbury, which will begin in 2017-18, and the $238 million Torrens Junction project.
"AdeLINK is an ambitious project that will connect North, South, East and West, ease city congestion and reduce our carbon footprint," Mr Koutsantonis said.
Photo: Tram in Adelaide / Shou-Hui Wang / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 / Photo has been cropped.