What are you searching?

Adelaide Rail Revitalization

As part of the South Australian Governments $2 billion plan to revitalize the public transport network over a 10 year period, the entire existing rail passenger network was upgraded.

Coleman Rail, an ACCIONA company together with joint venture partners, were awarded the Adelaide Metropolitan Rail Revitalization project by the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure.

The Adelaide Metropolitan Rail Revitalization was the centerpiece of the SA Government’s investment and transformed the metropolitan passenger rail network by delivering a number of rail initiatives including gauge standardisation of the rail network and concrete re-sleepering of the metropolitan passenger rail network using sleepers suitable for gauge conversion in the future.

Revitalization of the rail network was an extremely large and complex project, requiring a significant amount of detailed planning with many factors to consider such as developing and assessing options to minimise the disruption to commuters and the surrounding community, analysing options for alternative passenger services during construction and managing the staging of construction works.

General information

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Contract: D&C

Infrastructure: Transformation of the metropolitan passenger rail network by delivering a number of rail initiatives including gauge standardisation of the rail network and concrete re-sleepering of the metropolitan passenger rail network using sleepers suitable for gauge conversion in the future.

Completion date: July 2012

Contract value: AU$274.9m

Key Details

For Coleman Rail, the Adelaide Revitalisation project consisted of several sub projects. These included, the Belair Rail Upgrade, Noarlunga Rail Revitalisation Stages 1, 2, 3 & Adelaide Yard, Gawler Rail Revitalisation Stages 1 & 4 and the Tonsley Line, collectively referred to as the ECI Upgrades.  

The works included replacement of timber and steel sleepers with concrete gauge convertible sleepers, replacement of ballast, formation repairs and renewals, upgrades to and construction of new trackside drainage systems, turnout upgrades and the replacement and/or refurbishment of existing rail.

In total the Adelaide ECI Upgrade comprised the following major works:


-           replacement of ballast, formation and upgrade to trackside drainage

-           over 60 turnouts upgraded, including 16 new turnouts with new signalling arrangements

-           more than 400,000m3 of spoil removed from site, 50km of subsoil drainage and 100km of 
            cess drainage

-           175km of track construction (concrete sleepers and rail remediation)

-           level crossing upgrades of over 30 level crossings

-           over 100 pedestrian crossings managed and reinstated during construction

-           replacement of 36km of rail

-           rail rectification of 139km of existing rail (in excess of 10,000 defects)

-           track upgrades through two major tunnels

-           four significant structure upgrades of river crossings

-           four main road overbridge rail upgrades

-           five pedestrian subway upgrades for new track alignments



  • An effective construction program was developed to minimise disruption to the community and to rail users.
  • The revitalizing works in this project contributed to the increasing use of public transport. This aligned with one of the SA Government's four priorities for the development of transport infrastructure, with the aim of reaching an additional 10% of metropolitan weekday passenger vehicle kilometers travelled by 2018.
  • The project also embraced, and cooperated with, the SA Government’s 'adopt a station' program, where a team of over 500 volunteers look after gardens, remove graffiti and offer similar helpful contributions at railway stations and tram stops within the network.


Current Status

All Adelaide ECI Upgrade projects completed to date have been closed and handed over to DTEI for full operation with no outstanding quality issues.

Image Gallery

discover other flagship projects

Legacy Way Tunnel

Brisbane, QLD (Australia)

ACCIONA was the lead partner of the Transcity Joint Venture, for the design, construction, operation and 10 year maintenance of the $1.5 billion Legacy Way project, in Brisbane, Queensland.

Sydney Light Rail

Sydney, NSW (Australia)

ACCIONA is the Principal Design and Construct JV partner of the ALTRAC consortium, awarded with the contract to design and construct the $2.1 billion Sydney CBD South East Light Rail. 

Move up


Please, confirm your subscription on the email we have sent you and your registration will be completed.


Please confirm your subscription in the email we just sent you to complete the registration and you will be able to download your ebook.


If you've missed our content, try checking your junk mailbox and
add us to your address book so you can enjoy them without any problem.


Your email has been unsubscribed. You will not receive more newsletters, unless you subscribe again. Thank you very much