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Port Dock Railway Line

About the project

After 30 years, train services will return to the heart of Port Adelaide with a State Budget commitment to build a new spur line, train station and bus interchange.

The new one-kilometre spur line will link the Port’s commercial centre and the Dock One residential precinct to the Adelaide CBD.

It will provide frequent rail services for those who already call the area home and the many more set to live, work and visit Port Adelaide, which is undergoing a major redevelopment. It will also serve as an important destination station for the Port's tourist attractions.

The project will re-construct and duplicate the spur line from the existing Outer Harbor line at Grand Junction Road and construct a new railway station at Baker Street.

State Government initiatives - including buying back nearly 23 hectares of waterfront land and making it available to developers, moving 500 public servants to work in the Port and activating its streets - are already transforming the historic precinct into a thriving residential, commercial and tourist destination.

The new station will be located on the doorstep of the Dock One waterfront redevelopment, which will soon include more than 750 new townhouses and apartments, a refurbished Marine and Harbours building, and waterfront boardwalk.

A bus interchange will also be constructed as part of the overall Port Dock Project. Bus services, routes and layover locations will be reviewed as part of the design process to ensure future integration of bus and rail services.

New website

The Public Transport Projects Alliance (PTPA) has released a website, which will be the main source of information, updates and works notifications for the Port Dock Railway Line and Station project.

The PTPA has been selected to deliver the design and construction of the Port Dock Railway Line & Station. The PTPA brings McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott Macdonald together with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to deliver community-based and value-for-money public transport solutions that improve liveability and connectivity for South Australians - delivered safely and with minimal disruption to local communities.

The new website can be found at

Project delivery and timing

This project forms part of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s (DPTI) Public Transport Program, and will be delivered through an Alliance contract. This alliance is a program of key public transport capital initiatives announced in the 2017-18 State Budget.

The program of works, which also includes the Oaklands Crossing Project and the North East Public Transport Study, seeks to achieve a range of objectives relating to network optimisation, public transport patronage uplift and safety.

Early investigations, Survey, design work and key stakeholder engagement have started, with site mobilisation and early works planned for the second quarter of 2019.

The construction schedule is currently being developed and will be finalised once sufficient design has been completed.

Community Engagement

Local stakeholders will be notified by the project team when further information is available, and drop-in information sessions will be held for the local community.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project and staying informed, please visit To register for project updates please email: or phone: 1300 205 998


In 1981 train services between Adelaide’s CBD and the heart of Port Adelaide were discontinued. The last passenger train to use the Port Dock Station was the remaining loop service via Rosewater and Wingfield to Dry Creek, which ended in 1988.

The old Port Dock Station was demolished in 1989 to make way for the Port Adelaide Police Station and Port Adelaide Magistrates Court.

The State Government has made bold and strategic decisions to modernise and significantly extend Adelaide’s passenger rail and tram networks.

This includes extending the Noarlunga train line to Seaford, extending the Tonsley Line to Flinders Medical Centre and extending the tram to the Entertainment Centre and to the East End.

The Port Dock Railway line project will support other initiatives being delivered by the State Government to revitalise the Port including:

  • Development of nearly 23 hectares of waterfront land
  • Moving 500 public servants to work in the Port in a new commercial building
  • Development of the Hart’s Mill precinct and playground
  • Refurbishment of the Flour Shed space at Hart’s Mill for community and exhibition use
  • New car parking and street upgrades to St. Vincent Street and Commercial Road
  • Façade upgrades of historical buildings including the Waterside Workers Hall, the Visitor Information Centre and Customs House
  • Restoration of the Birkenhead Bridge
  • Supporting the Laneway and Wonderwalls festivals

Latest News and Publications

Port Dock Railway Line Project - Early Investigation Works, Monday 6 November 2017

Contact the project

To find out more about the project:

Call: 1300 205 998

Written correspondence can be directed to:

Port Dock Railway Line - Public Transport Capital Initiatives Program
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001