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THE Women’s Australian Open golf tournament will force the closure of the Grange rail line after Seaton Park station this month because of fears spectators might be hit by passing trains.
The line travels through Royal Adelaide Golf Course, which is hosting the four-day international event from Thursday, February 16.
A Transport Department spokesman said the closure would “ensure the safety of fans, players and staff”.
The line will be closed from Seaton Park station to Grange from the first service on Wednesday, February 15, to the last service on Sunday, February 19.
An additional closure between Woodville station and Grange will also take place before the event from 7pm Tuesday until the last service so controls allowing trains to terminate at the Seaton Park station can be put in place.
Grange and Grange East stations will be inaccessable during the golf tournament and substitute buses will be in place for commuters.
The department is working with event organisers to minimise the time it takes to put up and take down grandstands close to the rail line, particularly around the 18th hole and clubroom.
Royal Adelaide Golf Club general manager Andrew Gay said closing the train line during the tournament was “imperative”.
“It would be an OH&S nightmare to have trains going through there with 10,000 people a day crossing the train line at five different points,” he said.
“Closing it is a small price to pay for us to be able to host such a big event, particularly with what it will do for our club and South Australia.”
Australia’s Karrie Webb will be at the golf tournament. Pictur: AFP Photo / Geoff CaddickOrganisers expect to attract 30,000 fans to the tournament, which was staged at Grange Golf Club last year and generated an economic benefit of $6.5 million for the state.
The 2016 event was broadcast to more than 200 million homes in countries including the US, China, Korea, Japan and the UK.
World number one Lydia Ko, defending champion Haru Nomura and five-time winner Australian Karrie Webb will be among 144 players competing for a prize purse of $1.72 million at this month’s Open.
People for Public Transport spokeswoman Josephine Buckhorn said the closure was not ideal and other transport options needed to be made available for those attending the tournament.
“People will be inconvenienced by it, those travelling to and from work and to the beach on the weekend,” she said.
“The safety concerns are valid, but if they’re going to shut down the line for a big event they need to make sure there are other public transport options available for people to get to and from the venue.”
Tickets are still available for the tournament, starting at $19 a day for adults or $57 for a four-day pass.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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