Belair railway line
|Railway Line Overview|
|Line Length||21.5 km|
|Track||Quadruple Track to Goodwood
Single Track to Belair
|Peak Frequency||Every 20-30 Mins|
|Weekday Frequency||Every 30-40 Mins|
|Weekend Frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Night Frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Re-sleepered (Concrete)||April–August 2009|
|Adelaide Railway Lines|
|Gawler Central Line|
|Outer Harbor Line|
In 1995, one track of the double track main line from Adelaide to Belair was converted from broad gauge (1600mm) to standard gauge (1435mm) as part of the Adelaide to Melbourne standardisation project. The broad gauge passenger services were thus restricted to a single track with crossing loops located at Mitcham Station, Blackwood Station, Eden Hills and Sleeps Hill. At the same time, the stations at Millswood, Hawthorn and Clapham were closed despite criticism from local residents.
The motive power used for suburban passenger trains is now exclusively 3000 and 3100 class railcars. Until June 2007, on weekends some services were run with a 2000 class railcar modified to incorporate increased bike capacity. In 2005, trains ran the route every 30 minutes on weekdays (hourly after 7pm) and every 60 minutes on weekends and public holidays. From 2006, because of the single line, this was downgraded to every 36/24 minutes on weekdays.
On weekends, the route is popular with downhill mountain bike riders who catch the train up the hill and return via one of the many downhill mountain biking trails and roads, hence the use of a modified 2000 class railcar. However, since downhill mountain biking has been prohibited on some trails in the Belair area (such as Anderson's Reserve, Lynton Dump Reserve and Sleeps Hill reserve) the Adelaide mountain biking community's patronage has slightly declined.
In the 2008/09 State Budget, re-sleepering of the line was announced. Electrification is not planned for the line in the near future due to extra engineering work and complications with the standard gauge line. However, the new concrete sleepers and rail will provide a smoother and faster trip for commuters using the line.
- upgrading the track formation and ballast;
- improving drainage;
- improving the track geometry and alignment within the existing corridor; and
- installing over 20,000 new gauge-convertible concrete sleepers and new rail.
According to the Belair Line Renewal web page, "The substitute bus service is unable to cater for bicycles. A separate arrangement has been made in collaboration with Bicycle SA for a temporary bicycle trailer service to be offered on a trial basis for the first month. Continuation of the service beyond this time will be based on the demand and benefits of the service. The dedicated trailer service for cyclists will be operated by Bicycle SA and will use a bicycle trailer capable of holding up to 11 bikes at any one time. It will transport bicycles (and their riders) up the hill from Mitcham station to the Belair triangle each week night from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and on weekends between 10 am and 4 pm." Cyclists will need to make their own way south from the city to Mitcham, and again south from Belair. There is no service for northbound cyclists.
Due to a South Australian Government Rail Revitalisation project, the Belair line was closed 1 January 2013 through to 14 July 2013. Due to signal failures at 14 July 2013, line operation was intermittent until 21 July 2013. As at 26 July, the Belair line is fully operational.
During the 2013 closures, very few improvements were made to the Belair line itself. However, due to large scale improvements of Goodwood Junction, the rest of the line was rendered inoperable.
Blackwood Station; bus Interchange can be seen on the left
Pacific National freight from Melbourne to Perth passing the terminus of the line, Belair
|Belair Line suburban service|
^1 West Terrace tram stop will become
^1 West Terrace tram stop will become Royal Adelaide Hospital when Hospital is constructed.
|Suburban Trains Transfers||TransAdelaide||Adelaide, Goodwood|
|Suburban Bus Transfers||Torrens Transit
|see Bus Routes|
|Interstate Trains Transfers||GSR||Keswick|
|Bus or Rail Interchange||n/a||Adelaide, Goodwood, Blackwood|
- List of Adelaide railway stations
- List of suburban and commuter rail systems
- Railways in Adelaide
- Rail transport in South Australia
- Belair Line Renewal, adelaidemetro.com.au Retrieved on 2009-03-29.
- Substitute Bus routemap (pdf), adelaidemetro.com.au. Retrieved on 2009-04-25.
- Substitute Bus timetables (html), adelaidemetro.com.au. Retrieved on 2009-04-25.
- Substitute Bus timetables (pdf), adelaidemetro.com.au. Retrieved on 2009-04-25.
- "Rail Revitalisation". Infrastructure SA.
- South Australia Central
- Office of Public Transport
- Adelaide Metro
- Line Side description