The South Australian Government has approved extending its existing contract with the firm already contracted to deliver Stage 1 of the $615 million Gawler rail line electrification and modernisation project, to include Stage 2 works.
The first stage of the project between Adelaide and Salisbury is already being delivered by Lendlease, which has now been contracted to deliver the Stage 2 of the project from Salisbury to Gawler.
The scope for the second stage of the works includes the electrification of the Dry Creek railcar depot, a new electricity feeder station at Kilburn, pedestrian level-crossing enhancements and fencing along the rail corridor for improved safety.
The works will support approximately 135 jobs a year during construction – with a focus on local skills and Australian materials.
“We look forward to contributing our rail expertise to modernise Adelaide’s rail network, ultimately delivery a better passenger experience on the city’s busiest rail line,” said Lendlease CEO Engineering & Services Craig Laslett.
“We have a long history working in South Australia and this project will allow us to further extend our support of local workers and local industry through initiatives such as our NorthHub employment and training facility.”
Once complete, by late 2020, the “clean, green’’ electrified line will run 78.1 kilometres and 50 stations along the rail corridor from Gawler through Adelaide all the way to Seaford.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said that the state government has moved quickly to ensure the highly anticipated Gawler line electrification project becomes a reality as soon as possible.
“The Gawler line is one of Adelaide’s busiest, enabling around five million passenger journeys each year and that number has been steadily increasing for the past decade,” said Premier Marshall.
“This major project will deliver faster, safer and more reliable rail services for the northern suburbs which, we hope, will encourage more people to leave the car at home and take public transport.”
The project is joint funded, with the State Government contributing $395m and the Commonwealth, $220m.