South Australia


Adelaide–Tarcoola Railway Upgrade

ARTC is undertaking a major upgrade to the east–west national railway network. The project involves 1200 km of rail replacement between Adelaide and Tarcoola, as well as upgrading of level crossings, turnouts and bridges. It will enable faster and heavier trains to operate on this section of line. Rails for the upgrade are being produced by Liberty OneSteel at its Whyalla steel works. The project commenced in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.


Central Eyre Iron Project

The Central Eyre Iron Project is a proposed magnetite mine, railway and port located on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It includes a mine at Warramboo and a 148 km railway linking the mine with a new port at Cape Hardy (between Cowell and Tumby Bay). The proposed railway would be built to a standard of up to 25 tonne axle load. Trains of 11,000 tonnes would convey iron concentrate in covered wagons from the mine to port. The proposal has received approval from the South Australian Government, subject to conditions.


Flinders Link Project

The Tonsley railway line is to be extended to the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University. The project includes:

  • a 650 metre extension of the Tonsley line, including 520 metres of elevated single track over Sturt Road, Laffer’s Triangle and Main South Road

  • a new station adjacent to the Flinders Medical Centre, which will replace the existing Tonsley station

  • a shared pedestrian–cycle pathway adjacent to the railway line.


Gawler Rail Electrification Project

Electrification of the Gawler line will provide faster train services for Adelaide’s northern suburbs. It will also include electrification of the railcar depot at Dry Creek. An additional 12 three-car electric trains will be obtained to operate services on the line. The project expected to be completed in late 2021.


People Focused Public Transport

People Focused Public Transport was a policy of the Liberal party, which subsequently won the March 2018 South Australian election. Elements of the policy included:

  • the establishment of the South Australian Public Transport Authority (SAPTA), which will be responsible for the delivery of efficient public transport throughout the Adelaide suburban area

  • establishment of a new Infrastructure South Australia agency, with responsibilities including the planning of public transport infrastructure

  • a review of fare structures to encourage more people to use public transport

  • the provision of quiet carriages on trains

  • city centre tram services

  • consideration of a potential for a city centre underground railway connection between the existing northern and southern lines.


The city centre tram services would involve a tramway network along the following four routes.

Route 1: Glenelg to North Adelaide. This route will include 2 km of new line to O’Connell Street, North Adelaide. Services will operate at a 10 minute frequency between 6.00 am and 7.00 pm, and at a 15 minute frequency at other times.

Route 2: Hindmarsh to Gouger Street via the East End and Hutt Street. This route will extend from the existing terminus at Entertainment Centre to the East End and Central Market via North Terrace, East Terrace, Hutt Street, Angas Street and Gouger Street, North Adelaide, and will include 2.8 km of new line from North Terrace to Adelaide Central Market. Services will operate at a 10 minute frequency between 6.00 am and 7.00 pm, and at a 15 minute frequency at other times.

Route 3: Glenelg to East End. This route will include a loop using the existing line along King William Street, and the extensions along North Terrace, East Terrace, Hutt Street, Angas Street. Services will operate at school peak times and during special events.

Route 4: South Terrace to Royal Adelaide Hospital via Adelaide railway station. This route will be a new shuttle service using the existing line. Services will operate at a 10 minute frequency between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm, on weekdays only.


Port Dock Railway Line & Station​

A spur railway line of 1 km in length is to be built to the centre of Port Adelaide. The line will branch off the Outer Harbor line near Grand Junction Road and end at a new station at Baker Street. It will service a major redevelopment of Port Adelaide. A railway previously serviced the centre of Port Adelaide, but services were discontinued in 1981. The project is currently in the design stage.