The Government of South Australia has started works for the modernisation and electrification of the Gawler Rail Line in Adelaide.
The Gawler Rail Line is the city’s most used rail line. Around 21,000 passengers access the rail daily.
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack stated that 15 electric trains will run on the Gawler Rail Line after it is operational. The project will also boost capacity during peak hours by 15%.
McCormack said: “An electrified Gawler line with clean and green high-performance trains will deliver an improved commuter experience, with better reliability and safety.
“This project is yet another investment in improved public transport to deliver faster, safer, more reliable and comfortable services for the people of South Australia, whilst promoting economic growth throughout its construction.
The project is being co-funded by the federal and state governments. The federal government has contributed A$220m, while the South Australian Government allocated $220m for the electrification work of the rail line.
The South Australian Government has also granted an additional A$175m to buy extra electric trains.
In July, the government ordered 12 three-car A-City electric multiple unit (EMU) trains from Bombardier Transportation.
This project is part of the government’s investment of A$11.9bn for the infrastructure works that will take place over the next four years.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said: “The State Liberal Government is continuing to build South Australia, whether that be better roads, a better public transport system and better hospitals and schools.
“Importantly, this project will support job growth and deliver better services for the people of the Northern suburbs.”
This project is expected to create around 250 full-time each year over the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2021.