Gawler Electrification Project Begins - $615M

Posted: 14/02/18 10:45

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Work packages are being released for the $615 million Gawler Electrification project in South Australia with Stage One now underway.

In January this year, Lendlease were appointed as the contractor for the design and construction of the first stage between Adelaide and Salisbury. Detailed design works will commence early this year, with electrification works anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2018. See the tender notification here.

The project delivery model will adhere to the State Government’s policy requiring all steel to be sourced from Australian-standard certified fabricators and mills and the South Australian Industry Participation Policy which supports local jobs and local contractors.

The Adelaide to Salisbury works will support approximately 135 jobs a year during construction, while increasing capacity on one of Adelaide’s busiest rail lines.The State Labor Government has today announced Lendlease has been awarded the contract to deliver stage one of the $615 million Gawler Electrification project.

Lendlease’s NorthHub employment and training facility will be expanded to include the Gawler Rail Electrification Project. NorthHub has already set a new benchmark for local industry participation on the Northern Connector project with more than 95 percent of all labour hours being conducted by South Australians.

Works will commence in the coming weeks, starting with the relocation of power, water, gas, telecommunications and stormwater services along the corridor.

Work opportunities for suppliers will be available in the following areas:

  • Overhead Wiring Elements
  • Civil Works
  • Pit and Cable Supply
  • Rail Protection Services
  • Electrical and Traction Power works
  • Concreting
  • Steel reinforcing
  • Piling
  • Trackworks
  • Structural Steel Fabrication
  • Bridge Screens
  • Fencing
  • Vegetation Removal and Arborist Services
  • Plant Hire
  • Labour Hire

About the Project

Stage one of the project will see the Gawler line electrified between Adelaide and Salisbury and include:

  • Installation of the 25kV overhead wiring system including masts and gantries
  • Installation of a new signalling system
  • Installation of a new fibre optic communications system cable
  • Fencing works , vegetation trimming and removal and other works necessary to enable the electrification to proceed

With some work already completed during previous track closures including re-sleepering, installation of nearly 300 masts and footings, other track modifications and upgrades, we will be aiming to ensure that we minimise disruptions to commuters.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2020. A series of information sessions will be held to provide residents, businesses and the broader community an opportunity to meet the project team and discuss the upcoming activities.

"The Gawler line is our most popular train service with patronage increasing by more than 30% in the seven years to 2017 and we want to keep improving that service and growing patronage," said Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan.

"On average almost 17,000 passengers use Gawler services each weekday and completing the electrification of the entire line will significantly increase capacity, allowing an extra 2400 passengers an hour to use the train in peak periods," he said.

Stage Two of the project from Salisbury to Gawler is also ready to proceed and just needs a funding commitment from the Federal Government to give it the green light.

See the tender notification at Australian Tenders. More information about the project can be seen here at the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

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