Rail Revitalisation

The Seaford Rail Extension takes the passenger railway line 5.7 km south of Noarlunga Centre, featuring a stunning 1.2 km bridge over the Onkaparinga Estuary. With a hugely successful opening on 23 February 2014.
The Seaford line is the first to be electrified - a mix of diesel 3000 class & electric 4000 class trains now operate from Seaford to Adelaide.
24 hour works at the the Seaford/Tonsley Junction from Easter to ANZAC Day. On completion of this work the Tonsley line will re-open to passenger services by the middle of May 2014.
Marion station pedestrian underpass replaced the 47 year old overpass, and opened on 30 November 2013. Please visit the website for the latest landscaping and public art concepts.
The Belair line is being electrified from Goodwood to Adelaide to provide operational flexibility for Adelaide's new electric train services on the Seaford and Tonsley lines.
Construction of a rail underpass to take the electrified Seaford line below the Belair and freight lines has removed one of the two major bottlenecks in Adelaide's freight network, improving both road and rail waiting times.
The new, permanent Adelaide Showground Station on the south-eastern corner of Anzac Highway and Greenhill Road commenced passenger services on 17 February 2014.
A new station at St Clair complements the completed Port Adelaide Viaduct, which included replacement of approximately 600 metres of track, repairs to structural steelwork and minor station upgrades.
A new railway station approximately 8.7 kilometres from Adelaide on the Outer Harbor line has been built between the existing Woodville Station and Cheltenham Parade, to serve the new St Clair development.
After track upgrades, installation of masts and portals, two new stations and six station upgrades, the Gawler line electrification from Adelaide to Salisbury is on hold, pending funding.
Adelaide's first electric train to carry members of the public was introduced into service on 21 Feb 2014. A total of 22 permanently coupled 3-car Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) are being delivered from Dandenong, Victoria.
The Seaford line is electrified and passenger services commenced 23 Feb 2014. Electrification of the Tonsley line is nearly complete and early works have been undertaken on the Gawler line.
The power to the southern railway network has been switched on from Seaford to Adelaide. The overhead wires, their metallic supports and fittings are 'live' and carrying electrical current at all times.
The Community Wildlife Project is working with local communities to establish nesting boxes that combat the loss of habitat caused by vegetation removals.
The Signalling system on the Seaford line has been upgraded with a state-of-the-art system that now includes a centralised computer based interlocking technology. This system upgrade is continuing on the Tonsley line.


Rail Revitalisation - award winning projects

  • In the prestigious Permanent Way Institute Track Awards 2013, Tracksure and DPTI won the Project Achievement Award for 2013 for the reconstruction of Nairne Junction.  See the 'Latest news' section for a timelapse video of this work.
  • In the Engineers Australia 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards, DPTI won the Engineering Excellence Award for Project Management of the Goodwood Junction Grade Separation.
  • In the Engineers Australia 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards, DPTI/Macdow/Thiess/PB/Sinclair Knight Merz/Aurecon/ParsonsBrinkerhoff won a Commendation for Project Infrastructure for the Seaford Rail Extension.
  • In the 2013 South Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards, DPTI/Thiess/Macdow won Category 5 Project value more than $75 million Award for the Seaford Rail Extension.

Projects underway

This stage of Rail Revitalisation combines a number of projects to limit the duration and inconvenience caused to customers. The current program consists of:

  • The final stage of track upgrade works on the Seaford line between Oaklands Park and the City, the Tonsley line, and the Belair line between Goodwood and Adelaide including necessary works in Adelaide Yard (now complete).
  • Construction of a rail underpass for the Goodwood Junction Upgrade (major works now complete).
  • Construction of a new Adelaide Showground Station, opened to the public by Sir Eric Neal AO on 14 February 2014.
  • Construction of a new St Clair station, open to the public on 23 February 2014. 
  • 22 new electric 3-car trains, commencing passenger services on 23 February 2014 on the Seaford line between Noarlunga and Seaford.
  • Electrification of the Seaford line between Adelaide Railway Station and Seaford (now complete), comprising: 
  • associated signalling and communication system works
  • the provision of a power supply facility at Lonsdale and associated power system infrastructure; and
  • installation of the overhead wiring system and associated works.
  • Construction of a new pedestrian underpass at Marion Station to replace the ageing existing overpass.
  • Electrification of the Tonsley line and commencement of the Tonsley Public Transport Project, to significantly improve public transport services in the southern suburbs.
  • Tenders have been called for the stage 2 electrification of the Gawler line, which is ready to proceed subject to funding. 

South Australia's public transport system is currently undergoing a major overhaul to transform Adelaide's network into a vibrant, state of the art sustainable system, providing faster, cleaner, more frequent and more efficient services for commuters.  Please click on the individual projects below for further information.



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Rail Revitalisation  |  Electrification  |  'Stay Switched On'Goodwood Junction Upgrade  |  New electric trains  |  Adelaide Showground Station  |  Marion pedestrian underpass  |  Seaford Rail Extension  |  Community Wildlife Project  |  Tonsley line  |  Seaford line  |  Belair line  |  Gawler line  |  Outer Harbor and Grange lines | Signalling  |  St Clair Station