Adelaide’s train network is set to undergo a major upgrade.
The Perth-to-Brisbane express train service between Perth and Adelaide was supposed to begin in 2019.
Now, the train is due to be extended to Brisbane in 2021, with a return to Perth in 2024.
It’s a big boost for the train industry and will help ease congestion.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport said the upgrade was necessary to ensure a reliable service between the two cities.
“Our priority is to deliver the Perth-Boulder service to the Perth CBD, which is an important route to both the CBD and regional areas,” he said.
This week, Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said it was critical to continue to build on the train network.
He said the train line between Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide had already received a major refurbishment.
“[It] is a rail link to connect Perth with the CBD, the Northern Territory and the South Australia region, and will enable us to connect our CBD with regional areas, particularly in regional areas such as the Gold Coast,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
An Adelaide-toBrisbano train, which will link Adelaide with Brisbane in 2020, will be upgraded in 2021.
Photo: Supplied “We are looking forward to bringing this rail line up to the standard that it needs to be to ensure that people can access the CBD with ease and access to the Gold and Northern Territory regions.”
But the Perth to Brisbane express service is likely to be upgraded to allow the return of the Perth Metro to the CBD.
In addition, a $1.6 million extension to the Adelaide-Caldas River link was announced, with the Perth train service expected to begin operations in 2021 and continue until 2022.
That means the Perth/Brisbrough train line will be able to operate in 2021 when the Perth metro departs the city and the CBD departs from Adelaide.
While this train upgrade is good news for passengers and trains, the upgrade is also expected to take up significant resources.
Transport Minister Stephen M Mulligha says the Perth and Brisbane express train lines have been upgraded to the latest standards.
As well as the Perth service, the rail upgrade is expected to involve the construction of a new freight rail link between the city’s north and south suburbs.
Rail upgrade to Adelaide to replace Perth Metro, but no Perth to CBD train.
Currently, Perth and South Australia use the Melbourne Metro for travel between their respective capitals.
However, in 2020 the Federal Government announced that it would be opening up the Melbourne metro to the rest of the state.
Victoria’s Metro has been operating with the Melbourne metropolitan for some time now, but is not due to start operation until 2024.