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« on: November 07, 2013, 03:18:03 AM »
Railway Gazette --> Adelaide tram expansion plan launched

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AUSTRALIA: South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill has begun public consultation on an integrated transport & land use plan for the Adelaide region. It has been developed by the South Australia government together with industry groups and government agencies. Total cost of the 30-year package is put at A$36bn, with an estimated A$29bn coming from the state and/or central government.

The plan envisages a massively expanded tram network, called AdeLINK. The first stage would see the Outer Harbor rail line converted to light rail standards. Together with new routes to Semaphore and West Lakes, this will form the PortLINK route. A CityLINK loop around the city centre is also planned in the short to medium term.

In the medium term, the EastLINK route would be built to serve Norwood and Magill Campus, along with WestLINK to Henley Square and a branch to Adelaide Airport. This route would incorporate the existing Glenelg tram line. Further schemes include UnleyLINK to Mitcham in the south and ProspectLINK to O’Connell Street in the north. The new tram routes would replace existing bus routes, with the busiest services expected to carry 25 000 passengers a day by 2036.

The suburban heavy rail lines are to be upgraded, with the Seaford, Gawler and Tonsley lines being electrified to create a ‘north–south backbone’. Corridors would be preserved for future rail links, including a line to Aldinga in the south. Safety improvements across the network would include grade-separation of level crossings.

From early 2014 new Bombardier A-City Class 4000 electric multiple-units will start to enter service; the first of the 22 three-car trainsets arrived in July.

Longer-term plans include electrification of the Belair line, relocation of the standard-gauge interstate station at Keswick to Adelaide station, and the possible construction of an underground loop through the city centre with four new stations.

Other developments include a new station at Wayville, station upgrades, increasing park-and-ride spaces, remodelling the bus network, and laying down cycle routes. The plan also envisages the expansion of rail freight capacity, including a freight bypass in northern Adelaide and the grade separation of Goodwood junction.
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 09:18:24 AM »
Adelaide Now--> Adelaide tram line: New plan for North and East terraces
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 02:59:51 PM »
ABC News --> Tram line extension proposed to Adelaide's eastern suburbs

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A plan to extend Adelaide's city tram line east along North Terrace, past the old Royal Adelaide Hospital and out to the city's eastern suburbs, has been unveiled but has no funding at this stage.

The South Australian Government detailed the proposal as part of its redevelopment vision for the hospital site.

Acting Premier John Rau said expressions of interest from developers would open on Tuesday.

"It is essential that the plans provide a significant number of opportunities for people to live and work on the site," he said.

"This unique site in Adelaide's CBD presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an internationally acclaimed mixed-use precinct that is expected to generate estimated investment in excess of half a billion dollars in South Australia."

The current hospital will be moved next year to a new site at the western end of North Terrace in the city.

For commuters, Mr Rau said the Government wanted to extend the existing tram line at North Terrace so it connected to East Terrace and to The Parade at Norwood and Magill.

A timeline of five to 15 years has been set for the transport project but there is no funding yet, Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said.

"As soon as the funding becomes available we'd love to lock it into our budget and get delivering it," he said.

"We are the only party here in South Australia that talks about improving our public transport network."
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 03:00:55 PM »
^ bit like Brisbane huh?  Promises ...
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 06:00:47 PM »
Maybe Mr Mulligan is singing the same chorus as Jackie Trad ... turn head to Canberra and shout at the top of voice: "SHOW ME THE MONEY".

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2015, 06:18:04 PM »
I hope they produce an animated ' tram-view ' 3 D video hey?  Luv 'em ..
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2016, 08:25:27 AM »
Adelaide has a good rail network, it just needs more trains more often, and bus network reorganisation.

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2016, 07:11:33 AM »
ABC News --> SA budget 2016: Adelaide tramline to be extended to East End

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Adelaide's tramline will be extended to the city's East End in the first stage of an expanded network.

The State Government has announced a $50 million, one-kilometre extension along North Terrace that will go ahead in stage one of its long-awaited AdeLINK tram network.

Three stops will service universities along the route as well as the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) site, which is marked for future development after the new RAH opens in the city's west.

It is the first stage in a planned city loop around the CBD and marks the beginning of EastLINK, which will eventually connect to Kent Town in the eastern suburbs.

Adelaide had an extensive tram network covering all quarters of the city and inner suburbs until it was ripped in the 1950s to make way for buses and cars.

An audit undertaken last year for a national infrastructure report found the performance on urban roads and urban public transport in Adelaide was a "key challenge" for South Australia.

It flagged a tram network as a medium-term solution in the next five to 10 years.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the extension would provide an economic boost to North Terrace and Adelaide's east end.

"This is a beautiful boulevard, one of the world's great boulevards, but we want to make it better and especially on the southern side of the street, we want to make sure that each of those buildings is open for business," he said.

"It leaves [open] all of our options about where the next extensions of the routes out of the city are.

    "We want to get onto this as quickly as we can and get it finished as quickly as we can."

A Governmentspokesperson said an Industry Participation Advocate would ensure "as many local jobs and contractors as possible were utilised during construction".

He said Adelaide City Council was contributing another $5 million to help "fast-track the project, by providing upgrades to the public realm and contributing to the planned East End tram stop".

The $50-million expenditure is part of the 2016-17 state budget to be announced in full on Thursday.

The Government hopes work will begin towards the end of this year.

Registrations of interest for tenders are being called for this week.

Property Council executive director Daniel Gannon said extending the tramline through more of the city was good news.

"The extension of Adelaide's tramline to the existing RAH [Royal Adelaide Hospital] site is good news for the property sector and the north-eastern quarter of the CBD," he said.
A plan to service four quarters of the city

The State Government's full AdeLINK plan includes:

    EastLINK — extending east through Kent Town to The Parade
    WestLINK — following Henley Beach Road to Henley Square, with a branch line to Adelaide Airport
    ProspectLINK — following O'Connell Street to Prospect Road
    UnleyLINK — following Unley Road and Belair Road to Mitcham
    CityLINK — following a continuous loop around the city with transfers at other tram lines and the Adelaide Railway Station
    PortLINK — using the existing Outer Harbor line with additional services to Port Adelaide, West Lakes and Semaphore.

Federal Labor in April announced it would make the multi-billion-dollar AdeLINK tram network a priority if it won the federal election.
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2016, 07:24:41 AM »
Adelaide has a good rail network, it just needs more trains more often, and bus network reorganisation.

A lot of the stations will need a bit of work to bring them to a standard acceptable to modern passengers if they want to drive patronage.

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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2016, 07:26:58 AM »
^ yep.  Some of the stations are real shockers!  A couple good ones around though.
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2016, 07:45:30 AM »
Rail Express --> First AdeLINK work goes to market



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The South Australian Government has put the first stage of the massive expansion of Adelaide’s tram network out to market.

The $50 million investment announced on Monday will extend the existing tramline along North Terrace to Adelaide’s East End, forming part one of EastLINK, the proposed new line with future stages planned through Kent Town to the Eastern suburbs.

The one kilometre extension will also become the first stage in the CityLINK loop around the CBD

It will feature three new stops and provide a frequent and reliable link between the Riverbank’s Educational and Cultural Precinct, Entertainment Precinct and the Health and Biomedical Precinct, South Australian minister for transport and infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.“The State Government’s investment in revitalising our public transport network is unprecedented,” the minister said.

“AdeLINK is an ambitious project that will connect North, South, East and West, ease city congestion and reduce our carbon footprint it is also an investment in South Australian jobs – we will ensure as many local jobs and contractors as possible are utilised during the project.

“Expanding our tram network has the potential to attract investment, boost economic growth and encourage urban renewal and jobs, and bring residents and visitors to the city centre.

“Importantly, it will support and contribute to the growing market demand for residential development in the CBD, inner and middle metropolitan Adelaide,” he added.

“We know light rail is a successful public transport option which encourages people to start using public transport.

“The extension of the Glenelg tram line to the Entertainment Centre has proven to be extremely popular since it was opened, with many commuters making the switch from driving their cars to taking the tram.”

Mullighan wants to award the contract soon, with works scheduled to commence in the first quarter of next year and be completed by the end of 2017, weather permitting.

The State Government is also calling for tenders for improvements to the existing tram network, including a “much needed” upgrade to the City South tram stop and upgrading tram tracks that will provide tram passengers with a smoother, quieter journey.
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2016, 08:10:19 AM »
http://www.transportplan.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/117444/Our_Plan.pdf

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Over the next 30 years, Greater Adelaide’s population is forecast to grow
significantly. Initiatives that have been taken or are underway to accommodate
this growing population in a more compact Adelaide include:

• Relaxing height and zoning constraints in the city centre, and rezoning corridors
and areas in the ‘inner metrpolitan area’ through the inner Metropolitan Growth
Project to facilitate greater density and mixed use development
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2016, 11:09:06 AM »
I honestly have no idea how the East End extension is going to work as it will introduce what I assume is a 3-way junction at King William St and North Terrace, so you could end up with any combination of Hindmarsh - East End, Glenelg/South Terrace - East End or the existing Glenelg-Hindmarsh and South Terrace-West Terrace services.  Frequency split either way.

I was in Adelaide a few weekends ago and frankly I was very glad to get back to my beloved G:Link.  Not the first time I've ridden the Glenelg line but me being spoiled by KDR up here probably brought out some of the following traits more prominently than my past visits.

- Very rough ride quality (which may be a function of the infrastructure or the trams or both)
- Considerable scrubbing and flange squeal, worse than anything up here at present
- Seating with non-existing padding, and suitable only for people with smaller frames due to the narrower loading gauge
- Less than smooth handling in terms of accel / decel (not sure whether a driver or rollingstock issue)
- Non-existent signal priority that I could see
- Slow journey time despite the lengthy and ruler straight sections in dedicated ROW
- Frequency insufficient to cope with high levels of demand, especially on weekends when it goes back to every 15 minutes
- Vehicles too small to cope with demand (see above)
- The older Flexities aren't 100% low floor and have insufficient door capacity to load and unload effectively
- Onboard validation with the readers only in the doorway vestibules slows things down also (at least in Melbourne you can generally get on and find a reader inside)
- Platforms in the CBD don't have enough surface area for the loadings, and as they are islands in the middle of a fairly wide and busy road it makes it even worse
- No real opportunity to interchange between trams and trains at Goodwood because the tram stops are located east and west of the station by several hundred metres rather than at the rail station
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2016, 05:41:56 PM »
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2016, 05:43:11 PM »
The Advertiser --> State Government announces three new trams and new tram stop outside Adelaide’s Festival Plaza

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THE State Government will spend $20 million on a new tram stop outside Adelaide’s Festival Plaza and the purchase of three new trams, it has announced.

The new stop and track extension north along King William Rd would minimise future disruption at one of Adelaide’s busiest intersections and improve access to Festival Plaza, which is being transformed into the heart of Adelaide’s Riverbank entertainment precinct, the Government said.

Plans for the new trams and extra stop follow the Government’s announcement in July that it was spending $50 million to extend the tram along North Terrace to the East End.

With three extra trams, a 10-minute free shuttle service could transport more than 2000 people an hour between the educational, cultural health and entertainment precincts along the Riverbank, it said.

Work on the new Festival Plaza stop is due to start in the first quarter of next year and be completed by the end of 2017.

“These new trams will increase the frequency of services, while the new stop will limit disruption to the North Terrace intersection and bring passengers right to the doorstep of the Festival Centre,” Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said.
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2016, 10:11:07 PM »
OK - now I seriously have no idea how they plan to run the inner city. 

Strongly believe they are going down the American route of putting in streetcar lines solely to fill some kind of urban form catalyst without worrying about how useful the service actually is.

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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2017, 12:45:02 PM »
With the further extension of King William Street north of North Terrace, could they be intending to simply split the system into two lines?  One would run E\W through the intersection towards Hindmarsh and the new east end extension.  The other could run from King William Street to Glenelg.

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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2017, 11:28:41 PM »
^ With the absence of a proper interchange point near North Tce / King William St, I hope not.


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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2017, 03:09:32 AM »
The Advertiser --> New tram stops and extra funding to ease traffic problems announced for North Terrace extension



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ADELAIDE’S tram extension work will begin this weekend with an extra $10m funding for around-the-clock work blitz to minimise traffic disruption.

The Advertiser can reveal the first map of the project with the exact locations of the four new stops.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said night works for the project would begin on Sunday, after the major contract was awarded to Downer York Joint Venture.

He said the location of four new stops would advantage travellers to the Festival Plaza along King William Rd as well as North Terrace stops adjacent to the museum, Adelaide University and East End.

The total cost of the project has been increased from $70m to $80m, mainly to implement the 24/7 work cycle at off peak times, and work is expected to be completed early next year.

“An intense program of works to deliver the project in the shortest possible time-frame by taking advantage of working 24 hours a day, seven days a week in school holiday periods at times when road traffic is at its quietest,’’ Mr Mullighan said.

“The additional funding will also go towards a major construction blitz which will involve more night-time and weekend work to minimise the impacts to peak hour and daytime traffic, and reduce disruptions to businesses and tram services,” he said.

“Given the number of major events occurring in and around the CBD, the South Australian Government’s priority will be to minimise the disruptions along North Terrace and King William Road.’’

Night works to locate underground services and utilities along North Terrace and King William Road will begin on Sunday, along with geotechnical investigations.

RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain welcomed the funding to reduce disruption to motorists.

“We know that major road works projects, such as the current O’Bahn works, do have an impact on traffic movement,” said Mr Mountain.

“The more work that can be done outside of peak traffic periods, the better that is for motorists.

“It will shorten the construction period and allow people to go about their business without too many disruptions,” he said.

“We just hope consideration has been made for residents along North Terrace to manage noise levels and ensure they can still access their properties easily.”

The extra funding will also increase the scope of the project, providing for a major rebuild of the King William Road/North Terrace intersection and providing additional turning movements for tram services to accommodate future stages of tram works.

“In addition, the tram track along King William Road will be extended a further 100 metres north than originally proposed, which will result in improved and safe disability access and enhanced pedestrian connectivity between the Riverbank Precinct and Anzac Walk,’’ Mr Mullighan said. Major works on the intersection of North Terrace and King William Road have been scheduled for early January 2018, to minimise the impact to major events.
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2017, 03:44:39 AM »
https://twitter.com/RailExpressNews/status/889178915775942656
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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2017, 03:12:07 AM »
Adelaide Now --> Questions over how Adelaide CBD tram extension will reach East End

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THE State Government has failed to reveal how tram passengers will reach the East End via its new $80 million North Tce extension amid criticism the project is a “ribbon cutting” exercise before next year’s state election.

More than three weeks after the Sunday Mail asked the Transport Minister’s office how passengers would access the East End via the new network they are yet to provide answers.

A State Parliament public works committee on the ADELink project concluded that “passengers wishing to connect to the East End will need to change trams either via walking through Rundle Mall to the Gawler Place station, or changing at the Adelaide Railway Station platform”.

This is because trams will not turn right from King William St into North Tce because of height differences on each roadside and its potential to impact traffic flow.

In a statement, the minister’s office did not rule out that passengers would have to change trams, but does not believe this will be an inconvenience because it is commonplace in cities with extensive tram networks, like Melbourne.

A government spokeswoman said the extension would “provide a frequent and reliable link” between the Riverbank’s precincts.

“This extension will provide frequent services between the East End and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, SAHMRI, Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Convention Centre, the new Adelaide Festival Plaza, the Entertainment Centre and Glenelg.”

The Government failed to answer questions on how frequent the trams would be, if any timetable modelling had been conducted or tram routes finalised, saying details would be provided “before services commence next year”.

The lack of planning has prompted concerns over how people with disabilities will navigate the new network.

Dignity Party MP Kelly Vincent said while all trams are accessible for people with mobility aids — with the help of the tram driver — not all tram stops are.

“It’s important that people with disabilities are included and consulted at the initial planning stages — not after the track is laid,” she said.

Opposition transport spokesman David Pisoni said it was clear there had been little planning for the project because “this idea came too late to the department from Cabinet”.
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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2017, 05:19:39 AM »
The Advertiser --> Premier Jay Weatherill cool on $500 million plan for Adelaide Airport light-rail link

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A MAJOR Australian company’s bid to invest up to $500 million in a light-rail city-airport link is “great news” for SA — but Premier Weatherill says Labor does not support a privatised transport system.

Responding to the Sunday Mail’s revelation that Sydney-based Downer Group wants to build, fund and operate a 6km route along West Tce, Henley Beach and Airport roads, Mr Weatherill said the State Government wanted to retain control of public transport.

The State Government in 2015 proposed a tram-led revival for Adelaide through an unfunded AdeLINK project, with six routes including a WestLINK line along Henley Beach Rd with a spur to the airport.

The $80 million Festival Plaza and East End tram extensions — the latter being built under a government contract by the Downer Group along North Tce to the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital — have been described by Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan as the first stages of lines to Norwood and North Adelaide, along with a City Loop.

“It’s great news that a private sector investor is talking about ideas to invest in SA but our ambition is to expand the tram network,” Mr Weatherill said.

“We’ve already published some draft ideas about AdeLINK, about the way in which we’ll recreate, really, the 1950s tram network in SA, and you’re seeing that the work we’ve already done, the extension of the tram network, down to the old RAH.

“Our preference, of course, is that these be publicly owned and run. We don’t support the privatised system, but, nevertheless, we’ll look at any unsolicited offers that come our way and we’ll give them the proper assessment.

“But we wouldn’t necessarily want to be imposing uplift taxes (on increased property values along the route) that might be applied by a scheme of this sort if the private sector was going to be running it themselves.”

Opposition transport spokesman David Pisoni said he understood Downer had been talking to the government for some time and had been encouraged to continue working on the airport rail link project and prepare the unsolicited bid.

Downer is proposing to operate the airport light rail link as part of the Adelaide Metro network, using the same tickets and prices, and make a financial return through a 30-year operating contract.

Downer, in a joint venture with French firm Keolis, since 1995 has been operating Adelaide buses under the SouthLink banner, in the outer south, Hills and outer north.

Adelaide Airport has declared support for “an affordable light-rail service” between the airport and CBD.

Skycity Adelaide Casino general manager Luke Walker said the light rail proposal was an exciting idea that would provide a much-needed piece of transport infrastructure, catering for increased visitor demand because of the Riverbank development and the $330 million Casino expansion opening in 2020.

“A fast, clean, and frequent link from the airport to the city centre would be great news for both visitors and local businesses,” he said.
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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2017, 05:31:46 AM »
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“Our preference, of course, is that these be publicly owned and run. We don’t support the privatised system, but, nevertheless, we’ll look at any unsolicited offers that come our way and we’ll give them the proper assessment.

And yet the Airport, planes, and buses are privatised already.

Mr Weatherill needs to get over it.

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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2018, 03:40:17 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/947883448860938240
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« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2018, 03:36:41 AM »
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2018, 09:43:49 PM »
Does anybody care about or even remember the protests and objections for the Victoria Square to North Tce and Hindmarsh extensions?

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« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2018, 03:04:36 AM »
The Advertiser --> East End traders want answers from State Government about tram not turning right


The first section of rail panel has been put into place at the King William St intersection with North Tce on Friday. Picture: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

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EAST End traders say they are being kept in the dark by the State Government over its decision to exclude a right-hand turn from King William St to North Tce in the new tram extension.

The East End Co-ordination Group has “dire concerns” about the route, the frequency of services, and is frustrated that trams would not operate before the Fringe, which starts on February 16.

Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure (DPTI) general manager Jon Whelan last month spoke to residents and businesses at an East End Co-ordination Group meeting to update them on the O-Bahn and tram extension.

Notes taken at the December 5 meeting state that once operational, the frequency of services on the Glenelg route would increase, while trams to the East End were expected “to be 10 minutes”, which is the normal daytime frequency.

The possibility of an “event mode” that would increase the frequency of services during major events, was also discussed. Mr Whelan is understood to have said that lines will be in by February 14, but will require “two weeks of testing before it (the tram) can function”.

East End Co-ordination Group president Julie Moralee is demanding answers about the exclusion of the turn.

“The tram extension was seen as a ‘shining light’ by traders to draw visitors back to the East End,” she said.

“If commuters are forced to alight, wait and change to another tram heading east then this will be a complete hindrance and quite frankly, the general consensus is that people won’t do it,” she said.

Mr Whelan agreed to relay the concerns to Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan. But a month later, they have not received any correspondence from Mr Whelan or Mr Mullighan. In a letter sent to Mr Whelan this week, the group requested he keep his promise to “report our dire concerns to Minister Mullighan with regards to the change in planning of the original route” and to arrange a meeting to explain why.

Opposition transport spokesman David Pisoni, who was at the meeting, said “people realised quite quickly that the Government was there to justify the position rather than try to resolve any of the issues”.

A spokesman for DPTI would not confirm the frequency of services announced at the meeting, stating that “as a result of careful planning, both the existing line and the new line will continue to provide high frequency services”.

“A new tram timetable, including station and service names will be released in the near future,” he said.

“The new tram line will bring our hugely popular free and frequent city tram services to the East End — and with it thousands of people — to enjoy Adelaide’s premier cultural, shopping, restaurant and entertainment precinct.”
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Re: Adelaide trams
« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2018, 02:58:02 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/952944596769677312
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