THE South Australian Government last week announced that Lendlease has been awarded the contract to deliver stage one of the $615 million Gawler Electrification project, which involves electrification of the Gawler line between Adelaide and Salisbury.
The project aims to deliver faster, safer and more reliable rail services for the northern suburbs and encourage more people to use public transport. The electrification works are anticipated to commence by the third quarter of 2018 and completed by mid-2020.
Stage one of the project includes:
- Installation of the overhead wiring system including masts and gantries;
- Installation of a new signalling system;
- Installation of an Automatic Train Protection system;
- Installation of a new fibre optic communications system cable; and
- Service relocations, vegetation trimming and removal and other works necessary to enable the electrification to proceed.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the State Government has invested more than $2 billion in transforming Adelaide's rail network to provide faster, cleaner and more efficient services.
"The Gawler line is our most popular train service with patronage increasing by more than 30% in the seven years to 2017 and we want to keep improving that service and growing patronage," Mr Mullighan said.
"On average almost 17,000 passengers use Gawler services each weekday and completing the electrification of the entire line will significantly increase capacity, allowing an extra 2400 passengers an hour to use the train in peak periods.
"Since we electrified the Seaford line, patronage has increased by over one million additional trips a year."
Mr Mullighan said Stage Two of the project from Salisbury to Gawler is also ready to proceed and just needs a funding commitment from the Federal Government to give it the green light.
"Even with the contract signed and works to commence within weeks, a funding commitment by the Federal Coalition would allow us to extend the contract to deliver the entire project from Adelaide to Gawler and would support an extra 95 jobs a year during construction," he said.