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City South Tram Line Replacement Project

The City South Tram Line Replacement project will replace the existing tracks along King William Street between Victoria Square (at the intersection of Gouger and Angas streets) and South Terrace. The City South tram stop at the intersection of Sturt/Halifax streets and King William Street will also be replaced as part of the project.

Some modifications to existing traffic arrangements and car parking will also be required as part of the project, in order to accommodate the dedicated tram corridor.

Replacing the tracks

The existing tram tracks between Victoria Square and South Terrace were constructed in the early 1980s and are reaching the end of their useful life.

This section of track is the only remaining shared tram corridor in Adelaide's CBD and consequently experiences tram delays due to traffic congestion and right turning vehicles.

The project will convert the shared corridor into a dedicated corridor for trams similar to elsewhere in the CBD. Providing a dedicated tram corridor will improve the reliability of the tram network.

This section of track also has a high risk of vehicle-tram collisions and near misses. A dedicated tram corridor will significantly improve the safety of road users and tram patrons.

Works will include the demolition and replacement of the existing tracks and concrete slab, adjustments to the existing tram overhead wiring system, poles, road resurfacing and line marking, tree pruning and new landscaping.

Modifications to existing traffic arrangements and car parking, along the project footprint, will also be required. These include a reduction in traffic lanes from three to two lanes in each direction along King William Street, rationalisation of vehicle right turns and modifications to some car parking along King William Street, including a reduction and conversion of some angled parking to parallel parking. Cycling facilities will be maintained along both sides of King William Street.

The details of these modifications will be refined through the detailed design process and in consultation with the City of Adelaide and stakeholders.

Replacing the City South Tram Stop

The existing City South Tram Stop was built in the 1980s and does not meet Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)requirements. The stop will be upgraded as part of the project to improve safety, passenger comfort and accessibility for both northbound and southbound passengers.

Works will include the demolition of the existing tram stop and construction of new platforms, shelter, signage and platform furniture similar to stops along North Terrace. The platforms will be accessible via upgraded pedestrian crossings.

Timelines

Design works are underway, with construction expected to commence in the second quarter of 2019 and be completed in the third quarter of 2019, weather permitting.

Every effort will be made to minimise impacts to road users, nearby businesses and residents as much as practicably possible during construction. Various restrictions will be in place during the works and advance notice will be provided ahead of the works.

Stakeholder and business engagement

Engagement will continue with businesses, land owners, residents and the City of Adelaide. Input from local businesses will be particularly important to help inform the design and construction methodology. Business interviews will be conducted during February 2019.

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Temporary disruption to tram services

There will be a period during major construction when tram services will be disrupted for approximately three weeks. Substitute bus services will be in place during this period, between South Terrace and the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and the East End. At this stage, this is expected to take place in July 2019.

Artist's impression of the new City South tram stop