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General information

The Rail Commissioner holds the accreditation to operate and maintain the Adelaide Metropolitan Passenger Rail Network (AMPRN). This includes both train and tram networks. Our role is to provide an efficient and safe rail service with minimal delays to our customers.

A network access application is required if:

  • You wish to access the AMPRN to undertake work, or
  • Your activities will encroach on the AMPRN, or
  • Your activities have the potential to impact the intended operation of a level crossing i.e. contra-flow.

Minimum Submission Times apply and these must be met in order to facilitate the required access.

To ensure the safety of everyone and to minimise any disruption to rail services, you must meet certain conditions and abide by a set of rules to access the rail network. These include:

  • The need to undertake a safety induction or provide evidence of competence.
  • A permit where any or over-dimensional loads are required to cross the network (i.e. level crossing).
  • Work is to be undertaken either between services or after last service at night and before first service in the morning.
  • Any works must be undertaken under the protection of a suitably qualified Protection Officer. Applicants are responsible for contacting approved provider/s of Protection Officers, agree on their terms and conditions and advise which provider will be used.
  • Portions of the AMPRN are electrified by way of 25kV overhead wires. If work is to be undertaken on the Seaford or Tonsley railway line, Belair railway line (between Adelaide and Goodwood or the tram line, you will need to consider additional electrical safety requirements.

Further useful information to assist with your application can be found at the links below:


Safety, Induction and PPE

Electrical Network Safety

Engineering Standards

Days and Times Where Access is Restricted

Fees and Charges

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Rail Industry Worker Card


If you need more information

If you have any questions or need more information please contact our DPTI rail network access team on 0408 312 340 or email network.access@sa.gov.au.

For engineering advice call 7109 8450 and we will arrange the appropriate person to contact you.