Adelaide's Gawler Rail Line project given priority green light

The electrification of Adelaide's most used rail line is one step closer with the go-ahead given to the Gawler Rail Project by the Coalition Government's independent infrastructure adviser.

Infrastructure Australia (IA) have put the project on its priority list, opening the door for construction to begin next year on the line that runs north-east from the centre of Adelaide to Gawler.

The $220 million Coalition Government investment is another congestion busting project in South Australia as more people will opt for train travel.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the news was welcome relief for hard working Australians living between Adelaide and Gawler.

“This project will provide a faster, safer and more reliable service for the northern Adelaide community and so is critically important to keeping Adelaide moving,” Minister Tudge said.

There was a 30 per cent jump in passenger use for the line from 2006–2016.

Demand for services between Adelaide and Gawler is expected to almost double by 2031 and its predicted the existing line could reach capacity within five to 10 years.

South Australian Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the Gawler Rail Line project would continue the electrification of the line, between Adelaide and Gawler.

“We are committed to working cooperatively with the Coalition Government to deliver this vital project and we expect major work on the project to begin in 2019 and be completed by late 2020,” Minister Knoll said.

“The Marshall and Coalition Governments are investing in the Gawler line electrification project to deliver a faster, safer and more reliable public transport service for South Australians.”

Infrastructure Australia holds a key role in assessing business cases for major projects seeking Australian Government funding, and maintaining the Infrastructure Priority List to inform future government and private sector investment decisions.