Adelaide Metro – Train Services Tender

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Adelaide Metro – Train Services Tender

The Government of South Australian will tender for the provision of train services in metropolitan Adelaide.

The Adelaide Metro rail network operates across 130 kilometres of track comprising four major lines and two spur lines.

The Government will enter into a performance-based franchise contract for the operation of the train services. Under this model the Government will:

  • retain ownership of rail assets
  • set requirements for levels of services
  • set fare prices, and
  • retain the revenue.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 EOIs Open
Nov 2019 EOIs Close
Dec 2019 RFT Open
Mar 2020 RFT Close
Sep 2020 Contract Award
Jan 2021 Commence Franchise Operations
Jan 2021 Construction Commencement
Jan 2029 Construction Completion


Procuring Agency: SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport
Shortlist: Adelaide Next (comprising DB Engineering & Consulting, Bombardier Transportation and John Holland), Keolis Downer, and TrainCo (comprising Transdev Australasia and CAF Rail Australia).
Successful Tenderer: Keolis Downer


Jul 2019 Government of SA announced intention to franchise train services.
Oct 2019 Expressions of interest opened.
Dec 2019 Shortlisted consortia announced.
Feb 2020 Invitation to Supply released to shortlisted consortia.
Sep 2020 Keolis Downer was awarded the $2.14 billion contract and will commence operations of Adelaide’s train services from January 2021. The performance-based contract is for an initial eight year term.
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
South Australia |
Infrastructure Australia status
Not considered
Government resources
SA Tender - Expression of Interest