THE South Australian Government last week said the return of rail services to Port Adelaide is another step closer, after awarding the contract to design and construct the $16.4 million Port Dock Railway Line project to the Public Transport Projects Alliance.
The Alliance – comprising McConnell Dowell, Mott MacDonald and Arup – also this month won the contract for the $174.3 million Oaklands Crossing project, which involves a rail underpass extending 400 metres east and west of the Oaklands Park level crossing, and a new railway station.
The Port Dock Railway Line project will return train services to Port Adelaide after almost 30 years via a new one-kilometre spur line that will link the Port's commercial centre and the Dock One residential precinct to the Adelaide CBD.
The line, which spurs from the existing Outer Harbor line at Grand Junction Road, will be reconstructed and a new railway station will be built at Baker Street. There will be no impact to train services during early works on the Port Adelaide project, with trains expected to begin servicing the Port in second quarter of 2019.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the spur line will provide a fast and efficient new way to travel between the Adelaide CBD and the heart of the Port, catering to thousands of extra residents, workers and tourists coming to live, work and explore the district.
"Works have just begun on a new waterfront residential development at Dock One, a new fish market and retail precinct is planned for Cruickshank's Corner and a new office building for 500 public servants is due for completion in April," Mr Mullighan said.
"They will be able catch regular train services from a brand new, modern, safe and accessible Port Dock station when this new line is finished."