Adelaide City East Tram Extension Progress

 
  Halo Chief Train Controller

Seeing very few workers on site now, takes 20 minutes to get from old RAH to new one at peak hour. Very unimpressed.

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  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Overhead starting to go up along North Tce. Support cables have been installed between poles on each footpath of North Tce. along with temporary pulleys for the copper contact wire as well as cabling to various pole mounted Isolating switches.
Pressman
Saw this the other day driving up Nth Tce; immediately regretted going that way as they were down to one lane doing something related to the construction of those apartment blocks on North Terrace and I turned up Pultney St just to get away from the traffic. It was a major tailback by Adelaide standards back to Ayres House (yikes!).

I read the other day that the Lord Mayor thinks our traffic is bad. Pfft! He should live in Melbourne for a while.

I was wondering if anyone knows what Steve Marshall is going to with his new tram-set. Will they follow through with that elaborate plan they were proposing where it loops around Pirie Street to West Terrace? Probably not I'm guessing.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Don the overhead has been complete for over a month now, just not energised whilst station work is completed


I did read in todays Sunday mail that some mayoral candidate wants to reinstate right hand turns along King William street and allow cars to drive on the tram tracks

along with the other idiot Agent General in London who wants the state of South Australia to be renamed the State of Adelaide, and says we should drop any tourist reference to Wine and Promote Kangaroo Island as a tourist destination! (though it already was one!)
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Interesting article in last Sunday's Sunday Mail stating the opening of the new tram extensions have now been put back to sometime in July!
The claim by new Transport Minister Stephen Knoll, is that there are "Series of minor Electrical Faults" and is blaming the "contractors" for delays.
Knoll denied that the sacking of DPTI Chief Executive Michael Deegan by new Premier Steven Marshall shortly after the March election had anything to do with the delays.

However Labour Transport Spokesman, Tom Koutsantonis said that the project was on time and on budget for an April opening when the former Labour government left office in March.

Strangely enough, the only work that appears yet to be completed is paving and landscaping.
Along North Tce. all the new and altered traffic lights are working properly (including the T lights!)
  Halo Chief Train Controller

I wonder who will open it... Be damn rude for Steven Marshall considering he was against all the extensions post Vic square.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Strangely enough, the only work that appears yet to be completed is paving and landscaping.
Along North Tce. all the new and altered traffic lights are working properly (including the T lights!)
Pressman
They were landscaping the other day when I drove past - they probably can't decide who should open it given that Marshall was so opposed to any extensions beyond Vic Square as already observed.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Strangely enough, the only work that appears yet to be completed is paving and landscaping.
Along North Tce. all the new and altered traffic lights are working properly (including the T lights!)
They were landscaping the other day when I drove past - they probably can't decide who should open it given that Marshall was so opposed to any extensions beyond Vic Square as already observed.
don_dunstan
And the fact Marshall has curtailed any expansion to Norwood
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Testing and training runs began last night.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
And the fact Marshall has curtailed any expansion to Norwood
Pressman
He's wrong about that in my opinion, The Parade is perfect for a tram line. High time those iron-barks were chopped down in my opinion, in various places such as between Osmond Tce and Sydenham Rd the trees have lifted and dangerously distorted the road surface; they're simply past their use-by date and need to go.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

And the fact Marshall has curtailed any expansion to Norwood
He's wrong about that in my opinion, …
don_dunstan
Going on the performance of previous SA Premiers (from both cheeks of the same farce) the very fact he said he won't do it is enough to convince me there is a chance it will happen in this term of government.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
And we are at the end of the first week of September 2018 and there is still no date for the start of services.

We got close a month or so ago but "safety problems" cropped up which, according to the minister, are still occurring so trams won't commence "for the complete safety of the public".

Meanwhile $37 million has been allocated in the state budget for a curve from King William Street into North Terrace East, apparently because the lack of this curve is proving a problem to one of the government's supporters in the east end.

Apparently the good people off the Glenelg line would like to go, not to the railway station and the RAH, but to the shops of Rundle Street East.

I can't help feeling that the minister isn't approving the start of services - Glenelg to RAH and Hindmarsh to the East End - because if they were running it would prove that the arrangement worked and the "problem" of "no right turn" left by the previous government wasn't, in fact, a problem at all.
  kitchgp Assistant Commissioner

$37 million????
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

It doesn't matter how much it is if there isn't any intention to spend it.

A report condemning the right hand turn as unnecessary gets released at the convenient time and the government immediately has a handy little slush fund ready to divert to a pet project.
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
And the reversal of policy will be blamed somehow on the "incompetent previous government".
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
And we are at the end of the first week of September 2018 and there is still no date for the start of services.

We got close a month or so ago but "safety problems" cropped up which, according to the minister, are still occurring so trams won't commence "for the complete safety of the public".

Meanwhile $37 million has been allocated in the state budget for a curve from King William Street into North Terrace East, apparently because the lack of this curve is proving a problem to one of the government's supporters in the east end.

Apparently the good people off the Glenelg line would like to go, not to the railway station and the RAH, but to the shops of Rundle Street East.

I can't help feeling that the minister isn't approving the start of services - Glenelg to RAH and Hindmarsh to the East End - because if they were running it would prove that the arrangement worked and the "problem" of "no right turn" left by the previous government wasn't, in fact, a problem at all.
kipioneer
Steve Marshall doesn't inspire confidence, we're getting towards six months now and I don't think I've even so much as seen him - he's the invisible Premier.

They haven't delivered on extending supermarket hours; they haven't delivered on reopening the Repat Hospital (they claim it needs a consultation period). I can't think of a single thing that they said they'd do which they have actually delivered - apart from funding the Torrens Rd - Regency Rd section of the South Road project.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
$37 million????
kitchgp
Exactly, for $37M you could hire a helicopter to move them from Victoria Square for a few years.
  Halo Chief Train Controller

Exactly what tram routes need to go right on north tce?
I'd love to see a full grand union there too but not if it's not needed.
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
A couple of observations:

There are quite a few bitumen patches immediately adjacent to the rail in the North Terrace / King William Street junction, presumably to do with the signalling problems.

A tram was shuttling the length of North Terrace in the early afternoon yesterday (Friday 21st September).    Around 12:40 another took the curve from North Terrace East into King William Street.

Just when the service starts is still up in the air.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Services start tomorrow.

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  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Great to hear of another tram line opening in Adelaide.
  True Believers Deputy Commissioner

Do you think Adelaide should implement tram route numbers since there are three new routes running on the tram network? Wouldn't that make it less confusing for people?
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

I wouldn't say they are necessary just yet.

Looking at the big picture in Adelaide, a rationalisation of the bus numbering system should be a far higher priority.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I wouldn't say they are necessary just yet.

Looking at the big picture in Adelaide, a rationalisation of the bus numbering system should be a far higher priority.
justapassenger
The letters and numbers system is all a bit confusing especially if you're not familiar with the system. Getting buses off King William should also be a priority - there's still too many in my opinion.

Perth went for building an underground bus station/terminus next to the railway station to take buses off the streets; it's not a bad set-up but I can't think of where you'd possibly put something like that in Adelaide.

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