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$20 million boost for AdeLINK tram network

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

15 December 2016

The 2016-17 Mid-Year Budget Review will include an additional $20 million investment to purchase three additional trams and construct an additional stop at Festival Plaza.

Following an extensive planning investigation for the first stage of the EastLINK and CityLINK to the East End, construction of the new stop was recommended to ensure better value for taxpayers and minimise future disruption at one of Adelaide’s busiest intersections.

The new stop will also improve access to the Festival Plaza which is being transformed into a world-class destination which will be the heart of Adelaide’s Riverbank entertainment precinct.

Expanding the State’s tram fleet will ensure Adelaide Metro can cater for further increases in patronage once the new extensions are completed at the end of next year, weather permitting.

The three additional trams will boost capacity on the tram network and complement the existing modern fleet of 21 Flexity and Citadis trams.

With three additional trams, a 10-minute free shuttle service could transport more than 2000 people an hour between the educational, cultural health and entertainment precincts along the Riverbank.

Together the tramline extension to the East End and new stop at Festival Plaza are expected to support about 83 jobs during construction.

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