City South Tram Line Replacement


Customer: Department for Infrastructure and Transport 

Contract: Alliance

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Transport Solutions Australia

Fast Facts

  • 600 m of dual tram track removed and reconstructed
  • 2,242 lineal metres of rail installed, 153 aluminotheric welds
  • Construction of 2 new Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant tram stops
  • Single occupation of only 17 days
  • $7m injected into state economy from using local suppliers and subcontractors

The City South Tram Line Replacement project was an important project within the Public Transports Projects Alliance (PTPA), and was an initiative of the South Australia Government via the Department for Infrastructure and Transport to deliver a program of public transport projects across Metropolitan Adelaide.

The PTP Alliance brings McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott MacDonald together with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport ato deliver community-based and value-for-money public transport solutions that improve liveability and connectivity for South Australians – delivered safely and with minimal disruption to local communities.

The City South Tram Line Replacement Project replaced the tram tracks along King William Street between Victoria Square and South Terrace and the City South tram stop at the intersection of Sturt/Halifax Streets and King William Street.

Modifications to existing traffic arrangements and car parking were also required to accommodate the dedicated tram corridor, including a reduction in traffic lanes in each direction, rationalisation of vehicle right hand turns and modifications to some car parking along King William Street, whilst maintaining cycling facilities along the alignment.

Works included the demolition and replacement of the existing tracks and concrete slab, adjustments to the existing tram overhead wiring system, poles, road resurfacing and line marking, tree pruning and new landscaping.
The former City South Tram Stop was built in the 1980s and did not meet Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) specifications so required an upgrade as part of the project to improve safety, passenger comfort and accessibility for both northbound and southbound passengers.
Works included the demolition of the existing tram stop and construction of new platforms, accessible via an upgraded pedestrian crossing, shelter, signage and platform furniture.
The Project was situated within a complicated and sensitive environment. Delivery occurred under the existing overhead wires, within a 600m corridor in a highly trafficked, highly urbanised environment in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, with complex traffic and logistic requirements, and adjacent businesses, city residents and workers, hotels and restaurants.
The project was completed on time and on budget with a single occupation of only 17 days, at which time the Tram was terminated at South Terrace, with bus services providing access into the CBD. Trams were returned to service as scheduled and as promised to the community.
The new look tram corridor also reinforces PTPA’s vision to create and deliver new infrastructure and community based solutions to improve liveability and connectivity for South Australians.

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