In June 2008 the Government announced an extension of the tram line from City West to Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Hindmarsh). The line extends further West along North Terrace, then right into Port Road, where it travels to Adelaide Entertainment
Centre at Hindmarsh (about 2.8km) Construction began in mid 2009.
In June 2009 the Government announced that it had secured six new trams.
Sourced from the Spanish capital Madrid, through negotiations with local transport authority Mintra,
the six Alstom Citadis model 302 trams were shipped to Australia at a cost of around $6million each.
The trams were originally purchased to be used on Madrid's light rail network but became available for purchase following a delay in Madrid's
planned network extensions.
All six Citadis trams had arrived at Glengowrie tram depot by February 2010. They are numbered in the 200 series from 201 to 206 (Flexity trams are numbered in the 100 series, and by coincidence the old H cars are
in the 300 series!).
The 2.8 km extension of the Glenelg tram line from City West to the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh was officially opened on 7 March 2010. Regular passenger service commenced on 22 March 2010.
To entice the public
to catch trams into the city from Hindmarsh the government introduced free trams to the city upon payment of a $2.00 parking fee at the Entertainment Centre car park at Hindmarsh for an initial period of six months.
There are four new tram stops:
West Terrace, Thebarton, Bonython Park and Entertainment Centre / Hindmarsh. City Shuttle trams now terminate at a terminal stub between the up and down tracks at West Terrace instead of City West and display ‘West Terrace via City’.
Centre, Hindmarsh trams terminate in the wide centre road reservation of the Port Road at Hindmarsh where a scissors crossover has been provided. They display‘Entertainment Centre, Hindmarsh’. South Terrace shuttle trams now display ‘South
Terrace via City’.
In June 2009 construction commenced for a tram flyover to replace the tram crossing at South Road.Trams commenced using the overpass on 8th December 2009. The South Road Tram Stop (Stop 6) was re-opened on Monday 15 March
2010. The tram stop is on the actual overpass.
Four more Flexity trams were added to the fleet during 2011-12. Cars 112 and 113 arrived in 2011 and cars 114 and 115 arrived in 2012. Three of the remaining H trams, Nos. 370, 374 and 380 were disposed
of during 2011, leaving two remaining H cars at Glengowrie Depot - cars 351 and 367 (now 352) which have been retained for heritage purposes. H 351 was refurbished during 2012 to represent an 'old' style. H 367 was refurbished during 2014 to represent the
silver livery of the 1950s and 1960s and was re-numbered 352. It retains the varnished saloons.
17 of the 21 normal service trams (there are 15 Flexity and 6 Citadis trams) are required for the week day AM and PM peaks, while 13 are used during
the off peak.
As at 2015 the fleet is:
15 Flexity trams (101 - 115)
6 Citadis trams (201 - 206)
2 H cars (351 and 352)