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ABC News --> Adelaide rail upgrade to separate passenger and freight trains on Outer Harbor line

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A tram line to Port Adelaide could be in doubt after the South Australian Government announced a $238-million tender to upgrade the rail line to separate Adelaide's Outer Harbor passenger line from the freight route.

The joint Commonwealth and state-funded project will see a rail underpass built for the passenger line to ease congestion for freight carriers and reduce traffic bottlenecks along Park Terrace and Torrens road.

But the announcement raises questions about plans to replace diesel trains to Outer Harbor with a tram line to Port Adelaide, as outlined in the Government's integrated transport plan.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said the upgrade would give the existing line light rail capabilities.

"We'll be constructing the Torrens Junction project so that it can accommodate not just both diesel and electric trains but trams as well," he said.

"This will provide and exciting opportunity to make sure we're delivering the best possible transport upgrade for the Outer Harbor line whether that's electric trains or trams into the future.

"We've already announced that we'll be funding a $4 million study to make sure we can take trams out into our suburbs."

The tender process is expected to last a few months, with construction set to be completed by 2018.

Mr Mullighan said the project would create up to 200 jobs, and companies committed to maximising their use of South Australian products would be favoured.

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Rail Express --> State call for EoIs on Torrens project

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South Australian transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan has called for expressions of interest for the $238 million project to remove a level crossing, and separate the freight and passenger rail lines at the busy Torrens Junction just north of the Adelaide CBD.

The official opening of the EoIs period follows the state’s green-lighting of the grade separation project in May.

The winning bidder for the significant contract will be charged with building a rail underpass to remove the level crossings at Park Terrace and Gibson Street, which intersect with the rail corridor just to the north-west of Adelaide’s CBD.

The contract includes separating the freight and passenger lines on the corridor.

The state government expects the project to have knock-on effects at the nearby Torrens Road and Park Terrace crossings.

Once complete, the project will enable 1800-metre freight trains to operate between Adelaide and Melbourne, an increase to maximum length of around 20%.

Mullighan says removing the level crossing on Park Terrace will improve traffic flow for almost 50,000 vehicles using the Inner Ring Route each day, and will also eliminate the need for freight trains to slow down through the level crossings.

“This project will deliver vast benefits across the economy, from productivity gains for the rail freight industry to the road improvements for commuters, transport operators and people who derive an income from our roads, such as couriers and delivery drivers,” the minister said.

“About 160 passenger trains pass through the Torrens Road and Park Terrace level crossing every day amounting to regular and substantial delays.

“This project is expected to cut the time motorists spend waiting at these level crossings by more than half.”
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Rail Express --> Train services resume after closure for Torrens Junction works

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Train services on Adelaide’s Outer Harbour and Grange lines have resumed after a 10-day closure, and on the Gawler line after a 7-day closure, during which $20 million worth of works were completed at Torrens Junction.

The state government reported that over 375 people were employed during the closure, while 400 tonnes of reinforcing steel was used and approximately 250 piles were drilled and constructed in the creation of works that go towards the state government’s $238 million Torrens Junction Rail Project.

Currently, traffic is held up for a total of more than 2 hours every day at the junction, as passing freight trains close crossings for up to six minutes each time.

The aim of the project is to separate the interstate freight railway from the Outer Harbor passenger railway by building a rail underpass at Park Terrace for the passenger line.

When completed, freight trains will no longer need to give way to the passenger trains at the junction, thereby reducing delays to the freight service and to the road network.

“Removing the need for freight trains to stop at the Torrens Rail Junction will also mean they don’t have to slow down or stop through the Torrens Road and Hawker Street level crossings, reducing traffic delays at these locations,” transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan said.

“Separating this rail line from vehicle traffic will improve travel times for commuters, freight and transport vehicles and all road users who navigate this part of Adelaide’s Inner City Ring Route every day,” the minister added.

Freight productivity will also be further enhanced through the upgrade by the facilitation of longer (1800-metre) freight trains to operate between Adelaide and Melbourne.

During the temporary closure, temporary rail lines were constructed for Gawler, Outer Harbor and Grange passenger services, while construction work began on a new bridge at Park Terrace and Gibson Street.

Piling works were also carried out from the River Torrens to Torrens Rail Junction, and at Bowden Station, where preparations are underway for the construction of a new lowered station.
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