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DPTI Matters - 6 December 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Big week for Flinders Link

A key milestone for the Flinders Link Project was achieved this week with the completion of all nine piers to support the elevated single rail track over Sturt Road, Laffers Triangle and Main South Road.

The project includes construction of the new Flinders Railway Station to extend the Tonsley rail line to the Flinders Medical Centre and education precincts.

The project team have had a big week with the location of the new Tonsley Railway Station also being announced. The new station will be located on the south side of Alawoona Avenue, Tonsley.

Well done to the Flinders Link Project team for their great work.

Concept image of the new Tonsley Railway Station
Concept image showing the new Tonsley Railway Station.

Planning ahead

A lot of tireless work goes on behind the scenes to organise extra transport for concerts, festivals, and other major events – but our teams still stay flexible as things often change on the day.

An example of our effective planning and ability to act in the moment was the recent Test Cricket match where inclement weather caused play to be extended on Friday and Saturday nights. At short notice our rail, tram and bus operations staff did an outstanding job to adjust the plan to ensure additional services remained in place for cricket attendees post-event.

Special Event Coordinators also worked closely with Stadium Management Authority, SA Police and the Traffic Management group to communicate adjusted transport plans and coordinate road closures to minimise impacts to traffic in the City where possible.

The effort from these teams does not go unnoticed and has made a huge impact on the patrons using our services – well done.

Photo taken at Adelaide Oval during a cricket game

Undergraduate program

This week DPTI welcomed 24 university undergraduates from a variety of disciplines who have been successful in winning a position in our Vacation Employment Program.

This is a great opportunity for these students to gain practical experience and develop skills in their chosen discipline. On the flip side, many of our projects will also benefit from their skills and knowledge.

The students have been placed across the department to work on projects for the next 12 weeks. Some of these projects include data consolidation, policy and procedure reviews, GIS and 3D modelling support, and assisting with a number of road and marine projects.

Please make them feel welcome.

Photo of undergraduates taking part in the Vacation Employment Program

Expect the unexpected

When our Road Access Unit arrive at work they need to be prepared for anything.

Receiving over 700 road network access requests each month results in varied work, however they might not have expected to be dealing with a giraffe.

Recently the Road Access team were able to assist with transporting a giraffe on its way from Perth to New Zealand, with a stopover at Monarto Zoo!

Along with this request they have also been assisting the Army in moving a range of vehicle combinations across Australia.

Another job well done by the team, who have again shown that nothing is too tall of an ask.

Photo of a giraffe next to a photo of an army vehicle

One year anniversary

Next Tuesday, 10 December, marks the one year anniversary since the Rail Operations Centre was successfully relocated to Dry Creek.

In a mammoth effort, the rail network was suspended for just two days while the old North Terrace site was closed and testing was completed before the new Dry Creek Rail Operations Centre took control ready for first service that Monday morning.

This move and the latest technology that came with it combined with the hard-working team has led to sustained improvements in managing the network and realising the benefits of this investment.

Happy anniversary to the ROC team.

Photo inside the Rail Operation Centre showing a person sitting in front of rail control screens
Dry Creek Rail Operations Centre.

Connecting the north

The Northern Connector is South Australia’s first ever major concrete public road and is now in its final stages of construction having completed 150,000 cubic metres of concrete paving.

All materials used to construct this time saving motorway were sourced from South Australia, providing valuable jobs and supporting local business.

One of the key focusses for this project was to target and provide employment opportunities to apprentices and trainees, displaced automotive workers, Aboriginal people, and locals with barriers to employment. This was a successful effort with 33% of the Northern Connector workforce falling into these categories.

The Project is delivering a six-lane, 15.5 km motorway between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway. After completing some final touches, it is scheduled to be open to traffic in late February/early March 2020.

Photo of Waterloo interchange on the Northern Connector
Waterloo Corner Interchange, looking southbound. 

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows people swimming at Glenelg beach with Luna Park, the Big Dipper and Glenelg foreshore in the background. The photo was taken circa 1930, before Luna Park was moved to Sydney.

Photo taken in 1930 of Glenelg with Luna Park in the background
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