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THE reopening of the Tonsley rail line – which has been closed since February 2012 – has been delayed for the second time in as many months.
The line has been closed for so long that some students at the new $120 million Tonsley Park TAFE campus told the Guardian Messenger they weren’t even aware there was a train set to service the site.
The Transport Department said services on the line would now resume in April, but would not elaborate on reasons for the delay only saying “DPTI’s focus is safety”.
“Extensive train testing and driver training will be undertaken before the Tonsley line is up and running.”
The Tonsley line, which is undergoing works to accommodate electric trains, was originally set to reopen in February.
It was then delayed until March before last week’s announcement to resume services in April.
The paper visited the TAFE campus this week, to speak to students about the delay.
Tiling apprentice Nathan Fischer, 19, takes the train to Elizabeth into Adelaide and from Adelaide to Ascot Park on the Noarlunga line before riding his bike to his classes.
“I didn’t know there was going to be a train, but when it opens it will be way better than what I’m doing now,” he said.
Another student, who asked not to be named, said she caught buses or carpooled with other students to get to the campus.
“I’ve got a system and it works, but the train would make life easier for a few of us,” she said.
The line has been electrified, refurbished and a 1.1km section of the track has been duplicated.
Timetables are yet to be finalised.
The Tonsley line closed in February 2012 to cut the number of trains using the Adelaide Railway Station during works at the Convention Centreand to accommodate electrification works on the line.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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