South Australia Minister for Transport Patrick Conlon
Nothing Stationary About The Gawler Line
Victor P Taffa
A number of railway stations along the Gawler line will be upgraded, with industry asked to provide Expressions of Interest to undertake the works.
Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the new station upgrades signalled ongoing State and Federal investment in the future of the transport network in South Australia.
“The investment in stations on the Gawler Line will complement the track upgrade and introduction of electrified rail services by 2013.” Mr. Conlon said.
“The Gawler Line track upgrade includes a $293.5 Million investment from the Australian Government’s Nation Building Program which has accelerated the Project.”
“This project help transform Adelaide’s rail network into a sustainable, state-of-the-art transport system providing faster, cleaner and more efficient services.” Mr. Conlon said.
Federal Member for Wakefield Nick Champion said the planned upgrades were a step forward in Integrated Planning.
“Gawler Line Stations will receive multi-million dollar make-overs during next year’s Stage 2 of the Gawler Line Upgrade, which is expected to start in mid 2011.” Mr. Champion said.
“The next Stations to be upgraded include Elizabeth, Elizabeth South and Gawler Stations.”
“Our commitment to stations is demonstrated by upgrades already carried out at Blackwood, Coromandel, Eden Hills, Port Adelaide Viaduct, Hallett Cove and the great work being done right now on the Hallett Cove Beach Station.” Mr. Conlon said.
Tenders for the Design and Construction of the Stations will be called late October and close January 2011.
The Gawler upgrades came about partly through the efforts of local Member for Light Tony Piccolo, who has long fought for improvements to Transport Infrastructure in his Region.
“These upgrades will not only address issues on the Gawler line today but also provide a wonderful base from which to further develop the infrastructure in the future.” Mr. Piccolo said.
The State and Federal Governments have allocated over $110 million for Station upgrades across the Adelaide Rail Network.