Adelaide Tram Link


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Adelaide Tram Link

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

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New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
TYPE: Greenfield

The AdeLINK tram proposal envisages a network of trams in Adelaide's CBD, extending to the north, east, south and west. Proposed routes include:

  •  EastLINK – through the city along the Parade turning north to Magill;
  •  WestLINK – following Henley Beach Road to Henley Square, with a branch line to Adelaide Airport;
  •  ProspectLINK – following O’Connell Street to Prospect Road;
  •  UnleyLINK – following Unley Road and Belair Road to Mitcham;
  •  CityLINK – following a continuous loop around the city with transfers at other tram lines and the  Adelaide Railway Station; and
  •  PortLINK – using the existing Outer Harbor line corridor.


The proposed link to Port Adelaide would extend beyond the city limits and entail conversion of the existing diesel heavy rail to a modern electric light rail service. This would integrate with land use changes and facilitate increased densification.

A detailed business case for the AdeLINK project was announced in May 2016 and is underway. It is not yet clear how the procurement and delivery of the wider project will be structured. 

Currently, Stage One of the EastLINK portion of the project is underway, with Registrations of Interest called in July 2016. Tenders were called for the design and construction of Stage 1 in December 2016.

Stage One involves a $50 million extension of the city tramline along North Terrace to the East End. The extension marks the beginning of a "CityLINK loop" around the CBD. Works are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2017 and be completed by the end of 2017, weather permitting.

In the 2017-18 Budget, the Federal Government said the project has the potential to be supported through the National Rail Program, subject to a positive business case.

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