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A Friday Note - 27 of January 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all

After perfect barbecue weather for Australia Day, it’s pleasing to see the sunshine continuing into the weekend. Please take care if you are on the roads with extra traffic expected particularly on Sunday as thousands of holidaymakers return home.


Congratulations to Joyleen Thomas, DPTI Principal Cultural Advisor, who yesterday received a Public Service Medal for her outstanding service in the area of employment, cultural inclusiveness and Indigenous events.

This gold medal of public service acknowledges Joyleen’s extensive achievements as a leader in Indigenous engagement and public sector employment for over 30 years.


This week marked an incredible string of milestones for our department with crews completing the new rail overpass across South Road and other crucial works as part of the Outer Harbor/Grange rail line closure.

What was achieved in just three weeks is astonishing to say the least. The train lines and overpass opened on schedule thanks to the magnificent efforts of hundreds of dedicated people working around the clock.

One of the features of the operation was the use of a 600 tonne crawler crane to lift the three bridge segments into place – it is one of the most significant lifts we’ve seen in SA for a project of this nature.

Preparing for a concrete pour when the temperature of the steel bridge was 72 degrees Celsius is something special. Same for our guys on Grange and elsewhere with 3500 degrees on exothermic rail welds. Traffic management, crane operators, steel fixers, concreters, subcontractors including the truck drivers etc - I pay my respects to all involved.

Other achievements include:

  • Super structure on Port River Bridge replaced
  • New formation, ballast, sleepers, rail and drainage of track between Woodville and Port Rds
  • Enhancements commenced at six stations
  • Albert Park Station upgrade nearing completion
  • Torrens Junction Grade Separation project commenced
  • Significant amount of signalling works
  • More public art at Woodville Park
  • Full spring clean of all stations

Special mention goes to Dave Waltham, Max Benzi and Geoff Frith, Paul Burns, Phil Agnew, Robert Stopp, Mick Ruddock and their crews. Paul Steendyk, Chris Taylor, John Hanley, Costas Marinos, Dobu Ungureanu, Greg Dickson, Chris May, Darren Crowther, James Ling, and Andrew Bills, Kath Moore, Lyn O’Dwyer, Wendy Thompson, Tara Mildenhall, Zaira Farachala, Nicki Johnson, Harry Turner, Tim Oborn, Brett Miles and Mark Pronk of the T2T Alliance. Others who made significant contributions include Eloise Langford, Tracy Beale, Craig Douglass, Bruce Coulls, Bill Reid, Roydon Pye, Anne Alford, Sam Brown, Graeme Peckman, Neil Welsh, Ben Ganguly, Jeanette Koukourou, Karan Coombe-Smith, Inga Reineke, Matt Leek, Bernhard Sayer, Matthew Kildea, George Constantinides, Simon Bartosak, Terry Case, Gary McDonnell, Craig Edwards, Shannon Fuller, Peter Greaves, Tracie Hanson, Mark Hayes, James Irving, Mayank Jain, Phil Keany, Daniel Kranixfeld, Oluwole Odusanya, Nilesh Patel, Rob Pitt, Mark Pronk, Brett Sandercock, Kym Smith, Tristan Smith, Giles Standish, Luu Tran. And let's not forget the designers of T2T and all the rail projects, Don Hogben's team who negotiated the money, and thousands of others.  South Australians doing South Australia proud on projects cementing jobs for the local workforce.

We are already seeing the benefits of removing the level crossing on South Road with reduced travel times for motorists and freight. The overpass also further increases the reliability of our train services and, most importantly, it improves safety all round.

We want to recognise staff commitment, professionalism, attention to detail, responsiveness, dedication in difficult circumstances, the safety focus, respect for each other and the delivery of an excellent outcome. Please take a moment to watch this video.


Many thanks also to staff and our external partners who worked tirelessly to re-open a major section of South Road following last week’s tram overpass emergency closure. Independent engineering firm Aurecon will conduct a comprehensive review to identify the cause of the issues associated with the movement of the pedestrian and cycling pathway. Temporary support measures will remain in place until a permanent solution is devised and delivered. As always, safety is our highest priority.


With many major outback roads closed due to rain, it is timely to remind everyone about our online warnings page which is regularly updated by our staff based at Port Augusta. It is an important safety tool and provides an excellent service to road users in the outback.


Feedback is being sought on the State Government’s proposed changes to the conditional registration scheme for historic, left hand drive and street rod vehicles. Read the details here and have you say.


You may have noticed our intranet has had a makeover, the result of months of hard work by the web team, comms and other collaborators. It’s been developed using staff survey responses, website analytics, research on the latest trends and feedback from a cross-section of people who took part in user experience workshops. 


Extras are being sought to appear in a series of videos being produced for a Fraud and Corruption Control training package. 


SA Police have praised Passengers Service Assistant, Jason Crowhurst for assisting an officer during a disturbance inside the Adelaide Railway Station last Sunday. Jason came to the officer’s aid and made sure bystanders were kept at a safe distance. He went above the call of duty and it is a great example of SA Police and our PSAs working together.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan