Major Contract

North South Corridor - ANZAC Highway to Darlington

North South Corridor - ANZAC Highway to Darlington

The 10.5-kilometre Torrens to Darlington (T2D) project is the final section of North-South Corridor. T2D will allow motorists to bypass 21 sets of traffic lights when travelling between the River Torrens and Darlington.

Stage One of Torrens to Darlington project will see the completion of the motorway between ANZAC Highway to Darlington. Also referred to as the Southern Tunnel, Stage One includes approximately six kilometres of motorway, of which over four kilometres is to comprise twin three-lane tunnels.

Procurement methodology and project packaging are to be further refined through market sounding process as part of the business case development.

Key Dates

Apr 2019 Project Announcement
2023 Expected Construction Commencement
2028 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
SA Government


Procuring Agency: Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Related contracts:
Master Advisory Services contract
Successful Tenderer - A Joint Venture between Aurecon and Mott MacDonald

Reference design
Successful Tenderer - A Joint Venture between GHD, WGA and WSP

Tunneling investigation
Successful Tenderer - PwC, SMEC, WSP and Tunnelling Solutions


Apr 2019 The Federal and South Australian Governments jointly committed $5.4 billion for the Torrens to Darlington section of the North-South Corridor.
Dec 2019 After reviewing the initial business case, and on advice from Infrastructure SA, the SA Government announced it will establish a Program Management Office (PMO) within the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in early 2020.
Nov 2020 The South Australian Government commenced market sounding process for the Torrens to Darlington section. Registration of Interest were called from 17 November to 25 November, with interviews with selected participants, as well as written feedback submission concluding on 18 December 2020.
Nov 2020 The South Australian Government announced the commencement of reference design phase.
Nov 2020 Following the selection of preferred option, new geotechnical testing commenced.
Nov 2020 A 'hybrid+' option was announced as the preferred design option for Torrens to Darlington. The specific details of the hybrid+ option design, operation and connectivity are to be presented as investigation works and the reference design process are progressed.
Jan 2021 The Government of South Australia called for Registrations of Interest to participate in the market sounding process for transaction advisory services for both stages of the Torrens to Darlington section of the North-South Corridor.
Feb 2021 A Joint Venture of Aurecon and Mott MacDonald were awarded the Master Advisory Services contract for the Project.
Feb 2021 The Government of South Australia issued the Request for Tenders for Phase Two Geotechnical Investigation Studies for the North-South Corridor – Torrens to Darlington, with tenders closing on 16 March 2021.
Mar 2021 Procurement for Transaction Advisory Services began with registrations for the Request for Tenders (RFT) closing on 13 April.
May 2021 Aurecon was awarded the second contract of the project's ground investigation, focusing on the Southern Tunnel section of the corridor.
Jun 2021 The 2021-22 South Australia Budget revealed a change in scope and increase in cost for the Torrens to Darlington Section of the project. The scope was increased to include an additional lane and wider tunnels, meaning the scope is now for twin three-lane tunnels across Stage One and Stage Two of the project. The change in scope has raised the estimated total cost from $8.9 billion to $9.9 billion. The Budget allocated $3.3 billion over the next four years, including $151 million in FY2021-22.
Aug 2021 The South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport opened a Registration of Interest for the Phase Two Market Sounding Process for the North-South Corridor – Torrens to Darlington project, closing on 1 October. This market sounding process was expected to inform packaging, procurement, and delivery approaches for contractors, operators and maintainers, and the wider supply chain.
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
South Australia | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)