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.
The Tonsley line has now been electrified and reopened to passenger services on 5 May 2014. Initially diesel trains will service the line until enough new electric trains have arrived later in the year.
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 was electrified from Goodwood to Adelaide on 3 May 2014, 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 & portals, 2 new stations & 6 station upgrades, the State Government has announced that the Gawler line electrification from Adelaide to Salisbury will recommence in 2017-18.
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 commenced electric services on 23 February 2014. The Tonsley line was electrified on 2 May 2014 and will commence electric services later in the year with the arrival of more electric trains.
The power to the southern railway network has been switched on from Seaford to Adelaide, from Tonsley to Adelaide and from Goodwood to Adelaide. Wires and fittings are 'live' and carrying 25kV electrical current.
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 and Tonsley lines has been upgraded with a state-of-the-art system that includes a centralised computer based interlocking technology.


Rail Revitalisation - award winning projects

  • In the 2014 South Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards, DPTI/Thiess/Macdow/Laing O'Rourke/John Holland/Coleman Rail/York Civil/Bardavcol/Bombardier/Siemens won Category 5 Project value more than $75 million Award for the Rail Revitalisation Project.
  • In the 2014 South Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards, DPTI and Thiess York Joint Venture won Category 4 Project value ($20m - $75m) Award for the Goodwood Junction Rail Grade Separation Project.
  • In the 2014 South Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards, DPTI and McConnell Dowell won Category 3 Project value ($5m - $20m) Award for the Adelaide Showground Station Project. 
  • In the 2014 South Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards, DPTI and Bardavcol won Category 2 Project value ($1m - $5m) Award for the Marion Pedestrian Underpass Project.
  • In the Railway Technical Society Awards 2014, DPTI won the 2014 Railway Project Award Honourable Mention for the Nairne Junction Replacement Project.
  • 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

The Rail Revitalisation program led by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and delivered by nine major construction contractors, represents the largest and most complex upgrade of Adelaide's rail network since the major overhauls of the 1920s.  With an ageing passenger rail system and continued population growth, revitalisation of the metropolitan rail network was essential for a prosperous future for Greater Adelaide.  This ambitious renewal of southern Adelaide's rail network has delivered a state of the art, environmentally friendly and efficient train service, and has modernised our mass rail transit system.

The level of complexity of the Rail Revitalisation program is unprecedented, particularly in relation to management at the interface of eleven sub-projects, nine lead contractors and more than 100 sub-contractors.  The successful management of safety, and environmental and stakeholder impacts, was accomplished in the context of significant vegetation clearance, a long and restricted work site and a still-operational national freight service running through the worksite.  Since 2012-13 the program consisted 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.
  • Construction of a rail underpass for the Goodwood Junction Upgrade.
  • Construction of a new Adelaide Showground Station, opened to the public by the Hon Tom Koutantonis MP and Sir Eric Neal AO on 14 February 2014.
  • Construction of a new St Clair station, open to the public on 23 February 2014. 
  • Delivery of 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 signalling and communication system works, electrification of the Belair line between Goodwood and Adelaide to provide critical operational flexibility for Adelaide's first electric trains; 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 and upgrade to Marion Station.
  • Electrification of the Tonsley line and stage one of the Tonsley Public Transport Project to significantly improve public transport services in the southern suburbs.
  • Stage two electrification of the Gawler line as announced by the State Government, will commence in 2017-18. 

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