EXPRESSIONS of interest are being called for more than $200 million of public transport projects in South Australia, including the $174.3 million Oaklands Crossing upgrade that aims to significantly reduce vehicle congestion and improve train services.
The Oaklands Crossing project, which will support approximately 160 jobs during construction, proposes a rail underpass extending 400 metres east and west of the Oaklands Park level crossing, with an extended 160-metre platform to cater for longer trains.
The project also involves improvements to the bus and train interchange, as well as better access to the Marion precinct.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the removal of the Oaklands Park level crossing will reduce delays for the 42,000 vehicles that use the level crossing each weekday while also improving train services for the 15,000 passengers who use the Seaford line each day.
"Just a month after we announced we had secured Federal funding for the Oaklands Crossing project in June, the first works began with a series of bores drilled to monitor water levels and analyse soil composition," Mr Mullighan said.
"The State Government spent many months lobbying the Federal Government to commit to this project and it's pleasing that, just over a month after announcing the Commonwealth had come to the table, we are already starting the tendering process."
The State Government is investing $74.3 million to deliver the Oaklands Crossing upgrade with $5 million from the City of Marion and $95 million from the Commonwealth. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.
The $16.4 million Port Adelaide rail spur line and train station project and the $15 million upgrade of the Tea Tree Plaza and Klemzig Park'n'Rides announced in June's State Budget have also been opened to expressions of interest.
The Port Dock Railway Line project will return train services to Port Adelaide after almost 30 years, with a new one-kilometre spur line that will link the Port's commercial centre and the Dock One residential precinct to the Adelaide CBD.
It will include re-construction and duplication of the spur line from the existing Outer Harbor line at Grand Junction Road and the construction of a new railway station at Baker Street. Construction is due to commence next year.
The Park'n'Ride upgrades will create an extra 300 car parks at the Tea Tree Plaza O-Bahn interchange and another 200 at Klemzig. The new car park spaces will be in addition to the 700 already located near Tea Tree Plaza Interchange and the 230 at Klemzig Interchange.
Both facilities will be fully compliant with disability-access standards, and will have full digital CCTV coverage and dedicated lighting and pathways to the platforms.