THE South Australian Government last week announced that the major contract for Adelaide's City Tram Extension Project has been awarded to the Downer York Joint Venture – a consortia consisting of Downer EDI Works and South Australian company, York Civil – with early works now underway.
The project will deliver four new stops - one on King William Road servicing the Festival Plaza precinct and three new stops along North Terrace servicing the museum and library precinct, universities and the East End.
After extensive design, planning and engineering advice, the State Government will invest an additional $10 million into the project, bringing the total project cost to $80 million, including tram purchases.
The extra investment will increase the scope of the project, providing for a major rebuild of the King William Road/North Terrace intersection and providing additional turning movements for tram services to accommodate future stages of an extended tram network.
In addition, the tram track along King William Road will be extended a further 100 metres north than originally proposed, which is expected to result in improved and safe disability access and enhanced pedestrian connectivity between the Riverbank Precinct and Anzac Walk.
The additional funding will also go towards a major construction blitz that will involve more night-time and weekend work to minimise the impacts to peak hour and daytime traffic, and reduce disruptions to businesses and tram services.
Major works on the intersection of North Terrace and King William Road have been scheduled for early January 2018 to minimise the impact to major events and traffic flow in and around the CBD, including the Christmas trading period and Boxing Day sales.
Works are scheduled to be completed early 2018, weather permitting.
More information about the City Tram Extension project is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website at <http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/public_transport_projects/city_tram_extension>.