With the electrification of Adelaide's suburban railway network, could an underground loop be built around the CBD, it would bascially run (roughly) under the four Terraces which border the CBD, and has such a loop been considered? It would serve destination along East, West and South Terraces which are currently only served by bus, whilst esiminating dead-end trackage in the middle of the Greater Adelaide area and the need for trains to change ends at that station.A loop exists as a basic concept but not in the form your talking about.
An impression of the new University of Adelaide medical school. The easement for a future subway is beneath the green entrance at the centre of the building. Adelaide The University of Adelaide has been forced to modify the designs of its new medical school to incorporate a future North Terrace subway. The State Government required the university to leave an area of land in the new west end development vacant to allow access to a future subway track. Despite asking the university to change the shape of its building to accommodate the subway, the transport department says no modelling has been done on the potential multi-billion dollar proposal, nor are there any plans to fund the project.
The $130 million North Terrace medical school was announced earlier this year and will be built next to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Warren Bebbington let the subway idea slip during an interview on the university’s radio station. “If you look at the picture (of the new medical school) you’ll see there’s a kind of bite out of the building at one end,” he said. “That relates to the fact underneath the site there is a future plan for an Adelaide subway, an underground railway, and if that were ever to be built they have to get access from above ground to sink pylons and things, so we’ve had to allow some air space at one corner of the building which accounts for the slightly unusual shape.” Bebbington later told InDaily the land next to SAHMRI for the new medical school was given to the university by the State Government with an “easement” which required no development in the area earmarked for the subway. The “bite” is clearly visible in renders of the medical school’s northern side. The render suggests the land would be covered by an elevated walkway, which presumably would not impede access.
The easement on the North Terrace site appears to be the only part of the subway program that has been put in place. A spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure confirmed the university’s site was the only one with a subway easement, which was established in 2010. No detailed study of the proposal has been done, nor has any funding been allocated to it. “This provisioning is simply about long-term planning for Adelaide,” the spokesperson said. “The easement has now been refined as part of the planning and building design for the proposed University of Adelaide medical school. “While there has been a concept for an underground train link through Adelaide for many decades, the city’s population and transport demands are still not sufficient to warrant making this infrastructure a priority. Consequently no funding has been allocated to this proposal.”
Under the four terraces would be pointless. 50% of the catchment of the 'stations' would have no population source or sink.Agree. There would be no point putting stations any further to the south of Grote/Wakefield St or to the east of Frome St.
Any chances of City Loop/Underground in Adelaide anytime in next 20 years died at 1800 Saturday night, there will be NO money for public rail projects, that is on recordYeah, pretty much. Shame it would still be a much better use of public money compared to pissing money into a freeway somewhere that fills up with traffic within 5 years anyway.
A loop exists as a basic concept but not in the form your talking about.
Been sitting on this story for months, as too many stupid troll types to expect any decent discussion on it.
If the Belair and the Port Adelaide group of lines were converted to light rail connected to the Glenelg - Hindmarsh line then they would run through the CBD.
This leaves the Seaford and Gawler lines: bring them into the city under the length of Currie and Grenfell Streets terminating in a balloon loop in the east park lands.
This would be constructed by "cut and cover" with two platform stations at Morphett Street, King William Street to Gawler Place, Frome Street to East Terrace, and a single track station, Kent Town, under the Adelaide Bowling Club.
While the trench is being dug it could be deeper between King William and Pulteney Streets to accomodate a Queens Street Brisbane style bus interchange free of any other road traffic.
Lots of dollars, though - several train loads in fact.