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For Ms Pearce, who uses a wheelchair to get around, the station offers a vital means of transport into the CBD, about 12 kilometres away.
"I can only drive short distances, so I can't go to the city — I need the train to do that, to go to appointments," she said.
"It is my lifeline. It's my only safe accessible way of getting around."
But the Tonsley station is facing an uncertain future.
It will close, at least temporarily, from June 28 to allow work to begin on extending the railway line by 650 metres to Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre.
The $125 million Flinders Link project includes creating a rail bridge over Main South Road, which will mean the current track at Tonsley station has to be raised by 4m.
"Removal of this station will condemn a lot of residents — people with disabilities and frailties, and the elderly — into their homes.
Next week's state Budget will include $8 million to allow some of the work, as well as consultation, to get underway — but the SA Government has stopped short of committing to reopening it or rebuilding it on the current site.
"It would make sense that, if at all possible, we would include an upgraded station as part of that project," Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said.
"The feedback from the community has been fairly strong. Their needs are much broader than just where the station is.
"They've told us they want improved frequency, that they want improved services, that they want safer services, and also that they want a station that is accessible to everybody."
'They won't be able to get out'The Tonsley line is one of Adelaide's six metropolitan railway routes.
Concept plans released by the SA Government show a "new Tonsley station" just metres from the site of the current Clovelly Park station, near the Tonsley innovation hub.
While Tonsley station is closed, residents who rely on it will be forced to travel to Clovelly Park.
If it does not reopen once work is completed, they will also have the option of heading to the new Flinders station.
But Ms Pearce said that would be difficult, especially for people with disabilities.
"The proposed new station is out of the walkable catchment for our area … the pathway in our suburb is dangerous and impassable and impossible for me," she said.
The Government has committed to ongoing consultation to determine a solution for Tonsley.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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