North Terrace/ King William Street Tram Diamond Junction On Schedule

North Terrace/ King William Street Tram Diamond Junction On Schedule

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Tram Extension Creating Jobs For Local SA Businesses

Victor P Taffa

State Government’s record infrastructure investment and policies to maximise the use of local businesses and local workers is driving the creation of jobs in South Australia.

“Our record investment in South Australia is driving the creation of jobs and economic activity for South Australian businesses.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

$80 Million tram extension is being delivered by a joint venture of local South Australian Company York Civil and Downer EDI with more than 90 % of all labour hours being conducted by South Australians.

In addition, approximately 40 South Australian companies are being used on the project to provide materials and services.

Pooraka based QPE Fabrication is delivering the complex track work and, as a direct result of this and other infrastructure projects, has grown its work force from 9 to 27 people including several ex-Holden workers.

Work being carried out by QPE Fabrication includes detailed design, shop drawings, machining, bending, fabrication and highly specialised welding and has seen the track work fully sub assembled off site.

“QPE Fabrication is proud to be a 100% owned South Australian company operating within the rail, defence, mining, water, oil and gas, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.” QPE Manager Rail and Fabrication Peter Parrish said.

Other South Australian based companies delivering services and materials for the project include:

  • Whyalla based Liberty One Steel
  • Hallett Concrete
  • Richmond based C&N Concrete Sawing & Drilling Pty Ltd
  • R.T Services – an Aboriginal owned and managed organisation providing traffic management
  • Wingfield based Fleurieu Cranes
  • North Plympton based Victor Concrete Pumping
  • Littlehampton based AAA Asphalt

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan










Major construction blitz to complete the final stage of the East End and Festival Plaza tram extension is progressing well.

Even with the extreme weather on Friday and Saturday, the North Terrace and King William Street intersection is on track to reopen on Monday, 15 January.

A massive amount of work has been carried out over the past 6 days, with 6 massive rock-breaker excavators working around the clock to remove around 1,250 tonnes of concrete.

This was followed by the installation of

  • 9 track panels,
  • Bituminous sealing,
  • Track welding,
  • Traffic signal modifications,
  • Installation of new conduits,
  • 2 major concrete pours.

Around 250 workers can be on site in a 24 hour period.