Expressions of interest called for $174.3m Oaklands Crossing project

Media Release

PF041/2017

24 August 2017

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Kris Hanna

Mayor
City of Marion

The removal of the Oaklands Park level crossing is another step closer with expressions of interest called for the $174.3 million project.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the joint Australian, State and Local Government project would reduce delays for the 42,000 vehicles which travel through this level crossing each weekday.

“Traffic volumes are expected to grow to 66,000 by 2031, further exacerbating congestion,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This project proposes a rail underpass extending 400 metres east and west of the Oaklands Park level crossing, and will include a new station with an extended 160-metre platform to cater for longer trains.”

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said the project would support approximately 160 jobs during construction.

“We want to get on with this project so that we can deliver the road and rail benefits to the tens of thousands of people who travel through this part of the southern suburbs every day,” Mr Mullighan said.

“Removing the level crossing will significantly reduce congestion for vehicle traffic held up by the boom gates, while also improving train services for the more than 15,000 passengers who use the Seaford line each day.”

“The project will also involve improvements to the bus and train interchange, as well as better access to the Marion precinct.”

City of Marion Mayor Kris Hanna said calling for expressions of interest marked the start of the tender process to design and construct a solution to the bottleneck.

"We are on track for construction to begin in the first half of next year,” Mayor Hanna said.

"Marion Council is now working with the State Government to maximise above-ground opportunities around the new Oaklands Station for recreational spaces, parking, and residential and commercial development."

Prequalified companies and consortia will have four weeks to prepare and submit an expression of interest, with the two highest ranking invited to submit a Request for Proposal.

More information is available on the Tenders SA website.

The Australian Government is providing $95 million to the Oaklands Crossing project, with $74.3 million from the State Government and $5 million from the City of Marion.

For more information on the project visit the Oaklands Crossing website.