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Privatisation to secure Adelaide tram upgrade

Expressions of interest have been invited for the franchise to operate and upgrade Adelaide's Glenelg tramway. The 11-km, mostly segregated, tramway links Adelaide's Victoria Sq with the seaside town of Glenelg and is operated by some 20 1929-built H class trams, carrying about 2 million passengers/year. The Government is in the processing of rehabilitating five H trams to form a heritage fleet, and now wants the private sector to take on the modernisation of the line's infrastructure and the supply of eight or nine new air-conditioned low-floor articulated trams to provide the basic service under the franchise. The Government believes that a private sector partner would be in a strong position to develop a case for extension of the line from Victoria Sq through the city centre. Expressions of interest have to be lodged by mid-February.

11 January 2002

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