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MORE than 700 seats will be removed from Adelaide trains over the next three years to increase standing room.
The State Government yesterday announced a $37 million refurbishment of 70 railcars in TransAdelaide's 3000 and 3100-class fleet. That includes replacing decks of three seats on one side of the carriage with decks of two seats. This reduces seating by between 10 and 12 per carriage. Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the move would increase the capacity of each carriage by allowing more standing room.
People for Public Transport spokeswoman Margaret Dingle welcomed the changes but said more services were needed to deal with rising patronage.
More than 900 damaged windows will be replaced with graffiti-resistant glass at a cost of $700,000. The existing polycarbonate windows will be replaced with higher-standard glass windows, which are stronger and harder to break. Work is expected to get underway this week, with an upgrade of train interiors completed over the next three years. Mr Conlon said the upgrading was part of a $2 billion public transport investment. He said 58 diesel-electric trains would be converted to electricity, to complement a new fleet of 50 electric trains expected to be in operation by 2012. "It will give us the best public transport system in Australia at the end of that time," Mr Conlon said.
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