TRAIN services on Adelaide's Outer Harbor and Grange lines re-commenced today, after being temporarily closed since September to enable major works to be undertaken on the $238 million Torrens Rail Junction Project.
Three level crossings have been removed as part of the project, including one at Park Terrace which held up traffic on the Inner Ring Route for more than two hours on weekdays. Level crossings at Gibson and East streets in Bowden have also been removed, and the new Bowden Railway Station has opened.
The project includes a new underpass at Bowden, which removes a crossing point between the freight rail line and the Outer Harbor and Gawler passenger lines. The removal of this junction means freight trains will no longer need to give way to passenger trains, which will significantly reduce delays caused by freight trains slowing or being stationary at other level crossings in Ovingham and at Torrens Road.
While train services have now resumed on the lines, other works will continue, including:
- Finishing touches to the new Bowden Station;
- Final works on the Outer Harbor Greenway/shared user path including Station Place and the Parklands bridge;
- Road and paving works on Park Terrace and Gibson Street;
- Landscaping; and
- Commissioning of pedestrian crossings.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the Torrens Rail Junction Project will have widespread benefits for rail passengers, road and rail freight networks, motorists and all road users.
"Removing the need for trains to give way to one another means faster trips for Adelaide Metro passengers, faster freight movements and fewer delays for motorists at level crossings in Ovingham and Torrens Road," Mr Mullighan said.
"The opening of the new Bowden Station is also an important milestone, especially for the award-winning Bowden residential development designed to take advantage of public transport links as well as pedestrian and cycling routes which are being upgraded through this project."