SRW wrote:Less sensational story from the ABC:City Railway Station to shut for a month
ABC News Online, 18 August 2012
The Adelaide Railway Station will shut early next year as maintenance work is carried out, the Transport Department says.
The timing of the closure is yet to be determined, but the department says the period from early January to early February is being considered.
The work will include a track upgrade and rail electrification.
The Rail, Train and Bus Union says it has been told about the plan.
In a statement, the Transport Department said the January-February period was chosen because it is the quietest time of the year for the rail network.
"Track upgrade and electrification works associated with the Noarlunga (Seaford) Line and Adelaide Rail Yard are scheduled for completion in 2013," it said.
"While operational and contractual matters are still to be finalised, this is the preferred time for a closure of the rail yard to allow for work to be done safely and efficiently.
"The department expects to finalise a program of works in coming weeks, including a communication campaign to ensure passengers have all the information they need to plan their journeys and access the alternative services that will be provided."
The closure will be the latest interruption to the rail network after track upgrades led to significantly longer trips along the Gawler and Noarlunga lines.
Journeys along the Gawler line were extended by close to half an hour last summer when passengers were forced to switch from buses to trains at Mawson Lakes.
I would hope that if they are undertaking works to prepare for the electrification of the Noarlunga line, that they do the works for all the lines. It's bad enough to close the station once, but if they were to do it again...
Mate if they prep it now, by time they get around to spark up the rest, every thing that they put up in the railway station will be absolutely covered in soot. I would imagine they will be adjusting track widths as to allow for poles ect. It wouldn't need to be closed otherwise.
And to those wingers, I am sure the decision to close the station would not have come lightly. Furthermore the time period that it is closed for is mostly during the Christmas break. There maybe an inconvenience for a week or two when work resumes. Look I would have more of a right to complain about them closing the station because I live at Marion and go to university at Mawson Lakes, and the whole period of my summer classes are scheduled right at the same times of this closure. So shut up and don't complain, especially if you do not even catch the train.
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