SA tram line to take passenger services

Adelaide's North Terrace tram extension will begin taking passenger services at the end of this month, with hopes the project will revitalise the city's eastern precinct.

Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the project, which was instigated by the previous Labor government, is now in its final stages and will be ready for passenger use on Sunday, July 29.

"I think all South Australians, particularly those with interests in the city's East End, will be very relieved that this project will finally be completed," he said on Thursday.

"Once we've delivered our full vision for the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site there will be thousands of people passing through the site every day who will benefit from these free tram services."

The government has announced it will establish a national gallery, an international centre for tourism and an innovation hub on the site of the former hospital.

Driver training will start on Monday, July 16, and last for 10 days before the passenger services commence.

Mr Knoll said the extension has been plagued by problems, and the government will initiate a review of the project after services have commenced.

"Labor threw $10 million at this project to get passenger services running before the election," he said.

"When we inherited this project after the March election it was nowhere near finished."