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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 City South Tram 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.

Major construction works scheduled to commence from 1am, Sunday 7 July 2019

Major construction works for the project are scheduled to commence from 1am, Sunday, 7 July. Construction will be undertaken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting.

The timeframe will coincide with school holidays and university holidays, targeting a period when traffic demand in the CBD is generally lower. During this time, there will be a reduced speed limit of 25km/h on King William Street between Victoria Square and South Terrace. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Vehicle access

During construction, vehicles will be unable to cross King William Street east-west at the following intersections for the majority of the three week period:

- Wright Street - Carrington Street

- Sturt Street - Halifax Street

- Gilbert Street - Gilles Street

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when travelling through the area.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access across King William Street will be maintained at Gouger / Angas Street and South Terrace during construction. The project team will aim to maintain at least one other pedestrian crossing between Gouger / Angas Street and South Terrace at all times. The location of this crossing will change as works progress. There will be further information provided on pedestrian access arrangements closer to the commencement of major construction works.

Car parking

During the construction period, car parking along King William Street between Victoria Square and South Terrace will be restricted. Loading zones and access for utility services will remain available.

Construction management

As works will be underway 24/7 during this period, the project team are working to mitigate noise levels to residents and businesses as much as possible. Where possible, the noisiest works will be conducted during the hours of 7am – 11pm.

Temporary disruption to tram services

City tram services will be temporarily disrupted between South Terrace and the Entertainment Centre for up to three weeks during the major construction works period. All trams from Glenelg will terminate at South Terrace, with no trams operating in the CBD, to the East End or to the Entertainment Centre for the period of the major works. Substitute bus services will be in place during this time to service the CBD, the East End and out to the Entertainment Centre. Adelaide Metro will provide advance notification of the replacement bus services. For more information on the replacement bus timetables, please visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au.

King William Road, Unley

The project team have been engaging with the City of Unley’s King William Road Upgrade Project. This project by Council involves the redevelopment of the existing precinct along King William Road, Unley. The City of Unley has appointed BMD Constructions to undertake these works. As part of this project, there will be lane closures and delays along King William Road, Unley, which will coincide with the major works on King William Street for the City South Tram Line Replacement Project. Commuters using these roads to access the CBD can expect delays. For more information on the King William Road Upgrade Project please call 1300 617 363 or email: KWREnquiries@bmd.com.au

Preliminary Works

Preliminary works for the City South Tram Line Replacement Project commenced in May 2019. These preliminary works include the installation of stormwater drainage and traffic signal infrastructure in preparation for major construction works. A site storage area will be temporarily established on the western side of Peacock Road from Friday, 28 June, until 7 July. The area will be reduced to one lane northbound only, with speed restrictions in place. This dedicated area will be used to store and weld rail in preparation for the major construction works. Parking along the Peacock Road northbound lane adjacent this site will also be temporarily removed whilst these works are in progress. Current parking arrangements along the southbound lane of Peacock Road will remain. Where possible, the project team are working hard to minimise disruption to local businesses, residents and commuters during these early works. We will continue to provide the community with updates on the timing and likely impact of these works as they progress.

For more information, you can download the June newsletter below.

Works Notifications

TypeDescriptionDates & TimesAreas Affected
Construction works 24/7

Construction works 24/7 – Major construction works commencing 1am, Sunday 7 July

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1am Sunday 7 July 2019 for three weeks, weather permitting

Full length of King William Street from Victoria Square to South Terrace, including 24/7 works, lane and speed restrictions and east-west access restrictions

Construction works

Construction works – Site compound set up - 69 Sturt Street, Adelaide. Storage of materials and vehicles

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End of May 2019 until the third quarter of 2019

69 Sturt Street, Adelaide

Show completed works
Night works and lane closures

Night works and lane closures – Early works notification - night and day works

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17 June - 6 July 2019

King William Street south bound from 7am – 3pm

King William Street north bound from 10am – 5pm

Various locations along King William Street between Victoria Square and South Terrace

Construction works

Construction works – Peacock Road site storage and welding area

From Friday, 28 June, until 7 July 2019

A site storage area will be temporarily established on the western side of Peacock Road from Friday, 28 June, until 7 July. The area will be reduced to one lane northbound only, with speed restrictions in place. This dedicated area will be used to store and weld rail in preparation for the major construction works. Parking along the Peacock Road northbound lane adjacent this site will also be temporarily removed whilst these works are in progress. Current parking arrangements along the southbound lane of Peacock Road will remain.

Night works and lane closures

Night works and lane closures – Night Works Notification 3 June to 13 June 2019 - Installation of new stormwater pipes and pits

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Starting 3 June 2019 until 13 June 2019, 7pm until 5am, with works completed 5am Thursday morning 13 June 2019, weather permitting

Along King William Street

Speed and lane restrictions

Speed and lane restrictions – Traffic Investigation Works 22-23 May 2019

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Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May 2019 between the hours of 10am and 3pm each day

Starting at the intersection of King Willian and Carrington streets and progressing south along King William Street towards South Terrace.

Night works and lane closures

Night works and lane closures – Early Investigation Works including investigation of existing infrastructure, general underground services, drainage works and traffic signals

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Starting Tuesday 7 May 2019 until mid-May, weather permitting

Along King William Street from the intersection of King William Street and Carrington Street to South Terrace

Stakeholder engagement and business support

Input from local businesses and stakeholders has helped inform the design and construction methodology and timing. Engagement will continue with businesses, land owners, residents and the City of Adelaide. throughout the construction stage.

If you are a business in the project area and need information or support, please contact the team using the information below.

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