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Seaford rail line to re-open in time for Adelaide Strikers semi-final

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

18 January 2016

A train on the Seaford line 

The Seaford rail line will re-open five days earlier than expected after maintenance works to replace electrical wiring were completed ahead of schedule.

The railway will re-open this Thursday, in time for the Adelaide Strikers Big Bash League semi-final.

The closures on the Seaford line in December and January were required to replace sections of faulty catenary wire which split on two separate occasions.

The splits were caused by a batch of wire supplied to the contractor Laing O’Rourke by a third party, which had faults caused by that company’s manufacturing process.

As neither Laing O’Rourke nor the Government were able to be satisfied that the splits would not occur again, a decision was made to replace all the lengths provided by the manufacturer.

Laing O’Rourke worked around the clock over the holidays, taking advantage of the quieter period to ensure that the line would be up and running in plenty of time for Australia Day.

Extra time was also factored in to the project for contingencies such as extreme weather and this has also helped in enabling the contractor to complete the works earlier than expected.

Laing O’Rourke has given assurance that the work has been completed to the highest standards.

In addition it coordinated an independent verification process which involved visual inspections, testing and spot checks.

Laing O’Rourke completed the works and provided substitute buses during the line closures at no cost to taxpayers.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure would like to thank anyone who was inconvenienced for their patience during this time.

The Seaford line resumes from first service on Thursday, January 21. The full timetable is available at