THE South Australian Government last week called for tenders for the $50 million first stage of the expansion of Adelaide's tram network, which includes the design and construction of the one-kilometre extension from the intersection of King William Street and North Terrace to East Terrace.
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 and provide a frequent and reliable link between the Riverbank's Educational and Cultural Precinct, Entertainment Precinct and the Health and Biomedical Precinct.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the $50 million investment to kick start the AdeLINK tram expansion 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 next year, 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 it is also an investment in South Australian jobs – we will ensure as many local jobs and contractors as possible are utilised during the project," Mr Mullighan 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."
Works are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of next year and be completed by the end of 2017, weather permitting.
The State Government is also calling for tenders for improvements to the city's existing tram network, including an upgrade to the City South tram stop and tram tracks.
Additional track upgrades will occur along Jetty Road to improve the running of the trams and improving safety for cyclists with the inclusion of a rubber inlay. The Jetty Road works will be scheduled to start mid next year.
Photo: Tram in Adelaide / Shou-Hui Wang / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 / Photo has been cropped.