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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.