Construction crews have installed a 150 metre canopy at the new Flinders Railway Station in South Australia as part of the $141 million Flinders Link Project.
The project aims to extend the Tonsely railway line by 650 metres to improve connectivity to the surrounding health, innovation and education precincts.
The canopy is made of clear, white semi-transparent polycarbonate sheeting supported by steel framework. It has been designed to complement the rest of the station and the elevated single track.
SA Infrastructure and Transport Minister Corey Wingard said the canopy will provide shelter from the elements for students, health professionals and other local rail users.
“The installation of the canopy is another exciting milestone in this project that is not only boosting transport options for people in the southern suburbs but also supporting our local economy,” Wingard said.
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“This project is creating 55 jobs per year which is so valuable especially during these tough economic times.”
Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint said each day locals are getting closer to realising the benefits of this new transport option that will increase accessibility to Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University.
“The extended train line will help local residents get to and from the city, and also help people get to Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University safely and easily without the pressure of finding a car park,” Flint said.
“The Flinders Link Rail line will also help the University unlock investment for their $1.5 billion Flinders Village redevelopment, as well as linking their main campus at Bedford Park to the new Tonsley Innovation Precinct.”
Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Colin Stirling said the University had contributed to the Flinders Station project to enhance amenity for users ahead of the construction of their Flinders Village project.
“We’ve also commenced work on a pop-up plaza, to connect with the station. This will be a safe and active space for passengers moving between the station and various Flinders locations, with food trucks, shade plantings and seating for students, staff and community to relax and enjoy throughout the day,” Stirling said.
The project is jointly funded by the SA and Federal governments.
The new stations are expected to be completed by the end of the year.