The South Australian government is calling on local businesses to tender to design the routes of the proposed AdeLINK tram network.

Transport and planning consultancy InfraPlan has been engaged to project manage the $4 million business case for the network’s construction.

It will oversee the tender process to commission businesses to undertake detailed planning and design, as well as an analysis of project costs and the full range of economic, social and environmental benefits in these tram projects.

The plan is for an expanded network of trams that would service the CBD and extend out north, east, south and west.

Expert input is being sought on:

  • concept and detailed design phases for the tram network including urban design
  • public transport modelling and performance analysis
  • engineering operations and fleet selection
  • traffic management and public transport planning
  • costings, financial and economic analysis

“This announcement sends a clear message that the State Labor Government is getting on with the job of building infrastructure that will grow the economy and boost jobs,” SA transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan said.

“Our vision for the AdeLINK tram network took a huge leap forward this week with federal Labor committing $500 million to kick start the project, which Infrastructure Australia considers a priority project.”

He said the tram network would support the growing market demand for residential development in the CBD and the inner and middle rings.

“We know light rail is a successful public transport option which encourages people to start using public transport.”

An industry briefing will be announced shortly to provide further information to interested businesses before the tenders are issued.