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East End tram extension gets underway


Night works for the City Tram Extension Project will begin this Sunday, after the major contract was awarded to a consortia consisting of Downer EDI Works and South Australian company, York Civil.

The project will deliver four new stops: one on King William Road servicing the Festival Plaza precinct and three along North Terrace servicing the museum and library precinct, universities and the East End.

After extensive design, planning and engineering advice, the State Government will invest an additional $10 million, bringing the total project cost to $80 million, including tram purchases.

The extra investment will provide for a major rebuild of the King William Road/North Terrace intersection and additional turning movements for tram services to accommodate future stages of an extended tram network.

The tram track along King William Road will be extended a further 100 metres north than originally proposed, which will result in improved and safe disability access and enhanced pedestrian connectivity between the Riverbank Precinct and Anzac Walk.

The additional funding will also go towards more night-time and weekend work to minimise the impacts to peak hour and daytime traffic, and reduce disruptions to businesses and tram services.

Major works on the intersection of North Terrace and King William Road have been scheduled for early January 2018, to avoid the important Christmas trading period and Boxing Day sales.

Works are scheduled to be completed early 2018, weather permitting.

Further information is available at www.citytramextension.sa.gov.au.

Image Caption: The City Tram Extension Project will provide a link between the Riverbank’s educational, cultural, entertainment, and health and biomedical precincts (photo from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure).

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