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Work begins on Port Adelaide rail spur line

A new rail line is set to be reintroduced into Port Adelaide, with works kicking off on it shortly

The South Australian government has announced that major work is set to commence on a new rail spur line into the heart of Port Adelaide.  

$51 million has been committed by the SA government for the Port Dock Railway Line Project, which will re-establish a 1km line and station that was previously decommissioned in 1981. 

The Public Transport Projects (PTP) alliance compromising of McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott MacDonald, alongside the SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport, will deliver this project. 

The SA government says the project will provide rail services for those who already call the area home and for many more set to live, work and visit Port Adelaide in the future.  

It says it will also serve as an important destination station for the Port’s tourist attractions and visitor destinations. 

The project includes a new station and plaza at Baker Street, a bus interchange at the existing Lipson Street car park, as well as landscaping around the station, plaza and along the rail corridor. 

Once complete, the SA government says the line will provide integrated rail and bus services and contribute significantly towards the ongoing renewal of the Port Adelaide precinct. 

The plan now features no level crossings following a review of the design undertaken late last year. It also includes upgrades to the adjacent Barlow and Baker streetscapes for improved pedestrian and cyclist access. 

The SA government says that 100 full-time equivalent jobs are expected to be created during construction. 

Passenger services along the Outer Harbour line will continue throughout the construction while access will be maintained to the National Railway and the South Australian Aviation Museums. 

Temporary changes to pedestrian and cyclist access to the Outer Harbour Greenway will be required. The SA government says that cyclists and pedestrians will be able to follow signage in the area while this is being completed. 

The SA government says that project works are expected to be completed by late 2024. 

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