ADELAIDE will be plunged into commuter chaos with the closure of the Adelaide Railway Station to all train services for more than a month.
The lengthy shutdown in January will be due to the multimillion-dollar Convention Centre upgrade and electrification of the southern rail network.
The work is expected to impact on the tens of thousands of rail commuters who use the service each day and also severely restrict traffic along the Morphett St Bridge.
Further electrification of the major southern line will also have a major impact on the Noarlunga service.
Adelaidenow understands the suspension of services to the city's major public transport rail hub will begin on January 2 and last up to five weeks.
Train services will continue but terminate at inner city stations and passengers will be bussed into the city.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has been briefed by the State Government about the closure.
State secretary Ashley Waddell said he was told by the Transport Department at a meeting in June that "train services won't be running into Adelaide Railway Station" early in the New Year.
Closure of the station as part of the $350 million Convention Centre upgrade will allow cranes to work without compromising safety of trains and passengers passing underneath heavy loads.
"There's a significant amount of work to be undertaken in the Adelaide yard and it will be disruptive to running services into and out of Adelaide," Mr Waddell said.
The department told the union it planned to terminate the northern line trains at the North Adelaide station and the southern services at Goodwood, Mile End or Keswick, Mr Waddell said.
"Passengers will be bussed in from there," he said.
Where western service passengers will disembark has not been decided at the June meeting, Mr Waddell added.
Construction industry sources have also told adelaidenow large scale renovation works would take five weeks and commence from January 2.
The electrification work on the Noarlunga line will see services suspended between the city and the Oaklands Park station and is expected to also begin in January and take several months.
Oh well, good a time as any to dust off the treadley.