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Tram extension a boost for universities

tram extensionMore than 40,000 students and staff who study or work at UniSA and University of Adelaide will benefit from the State Government’s $50 million commitment to extend the tram line to the East End.

The extension will provide a vital transport link between the universities’ east end campuses to UniSA’s City West campus and $230 million Health Innovation Building, and the University of Adelaide’s $246 million Health and Medical Sciences Building.

The 10-minute free shuttle service could transport more than 2000 people an hour between the city’s east and west ends.

It will give tens of thousands of students and staff from both campuses and the new CBD high school another method of transport to get to and from this important education precinct.

UniSA Vice Chancellor and President Professor David Lloyd said the project that will be of direct benefit to thousands of UniSA students by linking up the University’s two city campuses.

“Internationally we want Adelaide to be known as a city that caters for its student population and we have a distinct advantage in being able to point to a safe and accessible city that readily links up our major cultural and education institutions,” Mr Lloyd said.

University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Professor Warren Bebbington said the new line will provide more than 27,000 students and staff an environmentally responsible way to get to campus.

“It will also link our main campus and our new Health and Medical Sciences Building in the west end, serving more than 2000 staff and students there,” Mr Bebbington said.

The extension will provide frequent and reliable links between the East End and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, SAHMRI, Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Convention Centre and the new Festival Plaza.

A North Terrace shuttle service will:

  • Connect the educational and employment precincts along North Terrace;
  • Connect tourists who stay at the hotel precinct on North Terrace with the East End and the city’s cultural boulevard, including the Art Gallery and South Australian Museum;
  • Connect people who shop anywhere along the Rundle Mall and East End retail strip.

The existing Glenelg tram line will continue to operate to its current timetable.

Image Caption: The East End tram extension will operate as a shuttle service between the old Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Entertainment Centre every ten minutes.

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