The Seaford Rail Extension is now complete and Adelaide's first three A-City Class 4000 electric trains are now testing and driver training at maximum speeds between Noarlunga and Seaford stations.
Diesel rail services between Adelaide and Noarlunga recommenced on December 1 2013. Night works and weekend works will be ongoing until electrified services commence in early 2014.
Work is continuing on electrification of the Tonsley line and passenger services will resume with the introduction of Adelaide's new electric trains in early 2014.
On 30 November 2013 the Marion pedestrian underpass was opened. A community celebration will be held on Sunday 15 December 2013.
The Belair line is being electrified from Goodwood to Adelaide to provide operational flexibility for Adelaide's new electric trains, with night and weekend works scheduled outside of peak hours until early 2014.
A train was tested successfully through the completed rail underpass at the Goodwood Junction on Sunday 20 October 2013.
On 9 December 2013 the second half of the iconic pedestrian overpass was successfully lifted into place at the new, permanent Adelaide Showground Station. The station is planned to be fully operational by early 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 is being 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.
The first two brand new electric A-City Class 4000 trains are now testing and drivers are being trained at maximum speeds on the newly electrified Seaford line, between Seaford and Noarlunga Centre.
Electrification has now been 'switched on' and all overhead wires, supports and fittings are live and carrying 25kV of electricity from Seaford to Hove stations.
The Seaford line was 'Switched On' with 25kV of electricity between Seaford and Lonsdale in June 2013, and between Seaford and Hove stations in November 2013.
The Community Wildlife Project is working with local communities to establish nesting boxes that combat the loss of habitat caused by vegetation removals.
Significant progress on rail signalling was undertaken in October 2013 at Wayville and Goodwood, including installation of steel work, gantries for overhead wires, and testing at level crossings.
Onkaparinga Valley Bridge Time-lapse (completed September 2012)
The Seaford Rail Extension project will provide a 5.7 kilometre extension of the dual track rail line from Noarlunga Centre Railway Station to the Seaford District Centre, including:
- stations and park'n'ride facilities at Seaford Meadows and the Seaford District Centre
- a bus interchange at the Seaford District Centre
- a 1.2 kilometre elevated rail bridge over the Onkaparinga Valley and a rail bridge over Old Honeypot Drive
- road bridges over the track at Goldsmith Drive, Seaford Road and Lynton Terrace.
Seaford Rail Extension Animation and Timelapse Video of Onkaparinga Valley Bridge Construction
The $291.2 million Seaford Rail Extension project will significantly improve public transport rail services for the community in the rapidly expanding southern suburbs well into the future. The southern suburbs have experienced rapid growth in population with the Onkaparinga South Coast area the second fastest growing area between 1991 and 2007.
With an additional 9,000 residencies in the southern areas of Adelaide by 2025 there will be greater demand on a number of services including transport.
The extension of passenger rail services to the growing population centre of Seaford will significantly improve public transport access to the area.
1 February 2013 - 1.2 kilometre elevated rail bridge over the Onkaparinga Valley
1 February 2013 - masts installed on the bridge over the Onkaparinga Valley
Click here to view a gallery of construction associated images.
Major construction works commenced in early 2011, with the new line scheduled for passenger operation in early 2014. Key dates as follows:
• construction (civil) works on the Seaford extension are now complete
• arrival of first electric trains for testing along the Noarlunga to Seaford extension – commenced in July 2013
• reopening of the Noarlunga Line for passenger services using diesel trains – December 2013
• first passenger services on the Noarlunga Line extended to Seaford (new ‘Seaford Line’) – early 2014
Integrating land use with public transport
Improvements to the reliability and speed of public transport services will attract Transport Orientated Developments (TODs). This in turn will assist higher density living areas along transport corridors. As such, the project is essential to the development of a more efficient, urban form of transport for Adelaide.
Reduced travel time
Providing a rail service to the Seaford District Centre is expected to reduce public transport travel times by up to 10 minutes on a trip to Adelaide. This service is expected to attract approximately 6,000 public transport trips per weekday and around 1.7 million trips per annum. The existing rail line to Noarlunga has the second highest patronage with only the Gawler line having greater patronage.
Improved access to everyday facilities
Extending rail services to Seaford will improve access to everyday facilities such as work, schools and shopping centres for all community members. The extension may assist in reducing community severance and improve general wellbeing for those living in the rapidly expanding southern suburbs.
The extended rail line to Seaford is expected to bring about a significant reduction in cars using the road network resulting in reduced air and noise pollution.
In August 2012 more than 1800 people had been inducted to work on the project since construction started in 2011. Click here to view the Local Employment and Industry Participation information sheet.
1 February 2013 - new Seaford Railway Station