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Gawler Rail Electrification Project

The $715 million electrification and modernisation of the Gawler rail line will deliver a faster, cleaner and more reliable service, delivering an electrified network through Adelaide from Gawler to Seaford.

Once complete the electrified line will support increased capacity and future growth for development along the rail corridor and in northern Adelaide.

Accionia (formerly Lendlease Engineering), has been appointed as the head contractor for the design and construction of the entire line between Adelaide and Gawler.

Detailed design works commenced in early 2018 for the Adelaide to Salisbury section and will now incorporate the full line to Gawler.

The project delivery model will adhere to the South Australian Industry Participation Policy which supports local jobs and local contractors.

The project completion is expected in 2021.

The benefits of an electrified Gawler line include:

  • clean and green high performance trains delivering an improved customer experience;
  • better reliability and safety; and
  • encourage people to take public transport and leave their cars at home.

Scope of works:

  • electrification of the Gawler rail line and Dry Creek Railcar Depot;
  • pedestrian level crossing enhancements;
  • acquisition of 12 additional three-car electric trains (introduced in stages following completion of the electrification works);
  • replacement of the signalling system (including Automatic Train Protection provision); and
  • fencing of the rail corridor for improved safety.

Latest News

July to September Works Program and Line Closures

Works between Adelaide and Salisbury Rail stations will occur during July until September to construct concrete footings, install overhead wiring and continue with the new services trench.

Reduced weeknight services between Adelaide and Salisbury will be in place between this period. Partial line closures during weekends will be in place between this period.

More details can be found here.

Powering Ahead

An unusual technical challenge was overcome by the Gawler Electrification Team during a recent Gawler rail line closure, when high-voltage transmission network owner and manager ElectraNet modified two 275kV transmission lines that cross the Gawler rail corridor.

The lines had to be lifted via the construction of new transmission structures to provide clearance for the future installation of the rail overhead wiring as part of the Gawler Rail Line Electrification Project. They remained active for most of the work period as they are critical to Adelaide’s power supply.

There were potential high risks with such an operation, which was unusual even for ElectraNet, and after months of planning, the site team completed the works with professionalism and without incident. Congratulations to all involved.

Gawler Rail Line Construction Works and Rail Closures to be Extended

Temporary night and weekend closures on the Gawler rail line will be extended from Monday, 27 April to Friday, 3 July 2020, inclusive.

These closures are in place to take advantage of substantially lower patronage numbers and the suspension of the AFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All cancelled services will be replaced with substitute buses.

The closures are required to facilitate works for the Gawler Rail Electrification Project that cannot be safely undertaken with trains operating and to minimise the impact for customers. These works will include trenching within the rail corridor for the signalling system and the construction of concrete footings for overhead wiring masts.

Further details about passenger impacts and the Adelaide Metro substitute bus timetables can be found here.

Construction works will include both day and night activities. More details can be found here.

DIT COVID-19 Response

The Department will continue to tailor community engagement opportunities in line with the latest COVID-19 advice from health authorities.

Face-to-face engagement opportunities may be restricted and we will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities, with the health and safety of our stakeholders always our highest priority.

Engagement with community and industry is crucial and we will facilitate information sessions as much as possible to enable face to face engagement. It is important to assist in managing these events that you register as requested to enable physical distancing as much as possible.

Jobs and Local Industry Participation

Employment opportunities on the Gawler Rail Electrification Project will be available through NorthHub, an onsite employment, skills and training centre established by Lendlease.

NorthHub was initially introduced to facilitate employment on the Northern Connector Project and will now be extended to include the Gawler Rail Electrification Project.

To register your details for updates about employment or local business opportunities that will come online closer to construction, please visit or call 1300 731 071.

Contact the project


Phone: 1300 080 834