Gawler Rail Electrification - Stage 2


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Preferred bidder announced

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Gawler Rail Electrification - Stage 2

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.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

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

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
VALUE: $462.5M AUD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The Gawler rail electrification project will see the current diesel locomotive operated line between Adelaide and Gawler electrified to increase capacity and reliability. 

The $462.5 million Stage 2 of the project received a partial funding commitment from the South Australian Government in the 2017-18 budget, however this is contingent on the Federal Government committing the remaining funding required. Given the fiscal challenges of both the SA and Federal governments, the project status of Stage 2 has been designated as 'prospective pipeline.'

The tender process for the $152.5 Stage 1 of the project commenced in May 2017, however as this does not meet the threshold for ANZIP projects it has not been displayed.

The Gawler rail electrification project is part of the progressive electrification of Adelaide's heavy rail network, which has seen the Seaford, Tonsley and Belair lines electrified in 2014. The project, first announced in 2008 will involve:

- installation of the overhead wiring system including masts and gantries;
- installation of a new signalling system;
- installation of an Automatic Train Protection system;
- installation of a new fibre optic communications system cable; and
- service relocations, vegetation trimming and removal and other works necessary to enable the electrification to proceed.

The State Government has split the project into two stages:

- $152.5 million Stage 1 comprising Adelaide to Salisbury section of the line; and
- $462.5 million Stage 2 comprising the remaining track from Salisbury to Gawler.

Stage 1 is fully funded by the State Government. The tender process for Stage 1 commenced in May 2017 with Registrations of Interest (ROIs) called. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) subsequently opened on 10 July and closed on 1 August 2017. In January 2018, the State Government announced that Lendlease had been awarded Stage 1. Major construction for Stage 1 is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018.

Stage 2 is only partially funded, with the State Government committing $242.5 million over forward estimates in the 2017/18 SA Budget, subject to the Federal Government providing the remaining $220 million. The Budget also indicates Stage 2 will include the purchase of 15 additional three-car train sets.  In announcing the Stage 1 contract had been awarded, the State Government indicated that a funding commitment from the Federal Government would allow the contract to be extended to deliver Stage 2.

Infrastructure Australia lists the Gawler rail electrification as a High Priority Initiative.

Last reviewed: 14/02/2018

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