Major contract awarded to deliver Port rail spur and new railway station

31 January 2018

SA Government: The return of rail services to Port Adelaide is another step closer with the contract awarded for the detailed design and construction of a new rail spur and station, supporting almost 50 jobs.

Works on the $16.4 million project are expected to begin in the second half of this year, after the completion of site investigations, planning approvals and public consultation.

The Port Dock Railway Line project will return train services to Port Adelaide after almost 30 years, improving public transport connections to the growing precinct.

The State Government has awarded the contract to design and construct the Port Adelaide project to the Public Transport Projects Alliance, which will also build the $174.3 million Oaklands Rail underpass.

There will be no impact to train services during early works on the Port Adelaide project, with trains expected to begin servicing the Port in second quarter of 2019.


The new one-kilometre spur line will link the Port’s commercial centre and the Dock One residential precinct to the Adelaide CBD.

The line, which spurs from the existing Outer Harbor line at Grand Junction Road, will be reconstructed and a new railway station will be built at Baker Street.

The project is expected to support 48 jobs during construction.

More information is available at the Port Dock Railway Line website.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

Our State Labor Government made a commitment to keep building South Australia and that’s exactly what we have been doing.

We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars to improve our public transport networks and we’ve created a program of unprecedented renewal and development in Port Adelaide.

Delivering this spur line will provide a fast and efficient new way to travel between the Adelaide CBD and the heart of the Port, catering to thousands of extra residents, workers and tourists coming to live, work and explore the district.

Works have just begun on a new waterfront residential development at Dock One, a new fish market and retail precinct is planned for Cruickshank’s Corner and a new office building for 500 public servants is due for completion in April.

They will be able catch regular train services from a brand new, modern, safe and accessible Port Dock station when this new line is finished.

Quotes attributable to Member for Port Adelaide Susan Close

The State Labor Government’s investment is transforming Port Adelaide into a thriving tourist, commercial and residential precinct which respects and celebrates the maritime history of our beautiful district.

Bringing trains back to the Port will play a huge role in encouraging more and more people to come here to visit or to live or work, and that will drive economic growth and encourage more investment in our area.

Our Labor Government is breathing new life into Port Adelaide. That’s why we’re seeing more and more people coming to live in the area, more businesses opening up and thousands of people coming to events like the Winterfest and the Wonderwalls festival, not to mention this week’s Tour Down Under stage as well.

It’s our commitment to the people of Port Adelaide to ensure that this renewal and growth is done in a way which respects the maritime character and heritage of the Port.

Quotes attributable to National Railway Museum Executive Officer Bob Sampson

The National Railway Museum opened in Port Adelaide as a bicentennial project 30 years ago this year, and we are delighted to be an important element in the overall new rail line project to bring trains back to Port Dock.

We believe our own footprint in the Port and development of our nationally respected railway museum is a great icon for the state, and to have it and the growing Port directly connected to the rail network is unique.




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