The South Australian Government is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the $152.5 million Gawler Line electrification Stage 1.
The electrification project on the Gawler Line will be delivering safer, faster as well as more reliable and more comfortable rail services that will ultimately encourage more people to take public transport.
“The State Labor Government has invested more than $2 billion in transforming Adelaide’s rail network to provide faster, cleaner and more efficient services.
“The Gawler Line is our most popular train service with patronage increasing by more than 30% in the seven years to 2016 and we want to keep improving that service and growing patronage,” Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said.
This tender process is a vital step in the project which is expected to see early works to commence on the electrification of the line between Adelaide and Salisbury by the end of 2017.
The Gawler Line electrification project will include:
- Installation of the overhead wiring system including masts and gantries
- Installation of a new signalling system
- Installation of an Automatic Train Protection system
- Installation of a new fibre optic communications system cable
- Service relocations, vegetation trimming and removal and other works necessary to enable electrification to proceed
“The electrification of the Gawler rail line is a shovel ready project that will have an immediate and tremendous impact for our local economy,” Member for Light Tony Piccolo said.
EOIs will close on 1st August 2017, with the shortlisted companies to be invited to tender for the project thereafter.
Early works on Stage 1 of the project is expected to begin by the end of the year and major works to commence by early 2018. The project will support up to 135 jobs annually during its construction phase.
Source: Premier of South Australia