Flinders Link to kick into gear

29 Apr 2019

The Flinders Link Project is set to kick into gear after receiving development approval.

The Morrison and Marshall Governments will jointly and equally fund the Tonsley rail line extension to create new connections to our health, innovation and education precincts.

The project’s budget has been revised up to $125 million as through design progression the analysis of safety, functional and stakeholder requirements has altered the scope and form of several elements of the proposal.

Major works expected to begin within the coming months, with completion expected in mid-2020.

Gateway South, a joint venture between Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke, will be awarded the major works contract with the project is expected to support on average around 55 full-time equivalent jobs per year, over the life of the project.

The project includes:

  • A 650-metre extension of the current Tonsley rail line, including an elevated single track over Sturt Road, Laffers Triangle and Main South Road, linking Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University to the passenger rail network;
  • Construction of a new Flinders Station and removal of the existing Tonsley Station; and,
  • An integrated shared pedestrian/cycle path adjacent the rail line from the new ramp located at the corner of Sturt Road and Birch Crescent to the new Flinders Station.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Morrison Government has invested $5.3 billion in public transport and road infrastructure to bust congestion across Adelaide and South Australia.

“The Morrison Government is continuing to invest in important public transport infrastructure,” said Minister Tudge.

“We want to ensure that South Australians are spending less time on the road and stuck in traffic and more time with their loved ones.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the Flinders Link Project will better connect our health, innovation and education precincts.

“The extension of the Tonsley line will better enable South Australians to access the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University through our public transport network,” said Minister Knoll.

“The Marshall Government is continuing to invest in productive infrastructure to cut travel times, ease congestion and get people where they want to go faster.”

Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint said this was another fantastic congestion busting infrastrucutre project for our community that will ensure local residents can get to Flinders Medical Centre or Flinders University safely and easily without the pressure of finding a car park.

“The Flinders Link rail extension will also connect the Flinders and Tonsley precincts to the City and deliver more jobs for our local community,” said Ms Flint.

“I am delighted to be part of the Federal Liberal team delivering this critical infrastructure project in southern Adelaide.”

Member for Davenport Steve Murray said the southern suburbs community had been waiting for this rail line extension and would welcome the news it had been approved.

“Many residents in the southern suburbs rely on this rail line to get to and from the city and back home,” said Mr Murray.

“Extending this line will now mean that residents in the southern suburbs will have better access to the main health and education precincts.”