AdeLINK detailed business case underway

Local South Australian businesses will be asked to tender to design the routes of the State Government’s proposed AdeLINK tram network.

The State Government has already appointed InfraPlan, a locally based transport and planning consultancy, to project manage the $4 million detailed business case for the construction of the network.

It will oversee the tender process to commission businesses to undertake detailed planning and design, as well as an analysis of project costs and the full range of economic, social and environmental benefits in these tram projects.

The final business case will pull together each of the route designs and set out a plan with options for delivering them.

An industry briefing will be announced shortly to provide further information to interested businesses before the tenders are issued.


The State Government’s AdeLINK tram proposal envisages a network of trams in the CBD and extending to the north, east, south and west.

These contracts will require a range of specialist skills and experience with expert input across a number of areas, including:

  • Concept and detailed design phases for the tram network including urban design
  • Public transport modelling and performance analysis
  • Engineering operations and fleet selection
  • Traffic management and public transport planning
  • Costings, Financial and Economic Analysis

There will also be further engagement with the community and local governments during the development of the detailed business case.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

This announcement sends a clear message that the State Labor Government is getting on with the job of building infrastructure that will grow the economy and boost jobs.

Our vision for the AdeLINK tram network took a huge leap forward this week with Federal Labor committing $500 million to kick start the project which Infrastructure Australia considers a priority project.

Expanding our tram network has the potential to attract investment, boost economic growth and encourage urban renewal and jobs, and bring residents and visitors to the city centre.

Importantly, it will support and contribute to the growing market demand for residential development in the CBD, inner and middle metropolitan Adelaide.

We know light rail is a successful public transport option which encourages people to start using public transport.

The extension of the Glenelg tram line to the Entertainment Centre has proven to be extremely popular since it was opened, with many commuters making the switch from driving themselves and taking the tram.

Source: News Release, Government of South Australia, 22, May, 2016




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