Bakewell Underpass And South Road Tram Overpass Improves Safety

Bakewell Underpass And South Road Tram Overpass Improves Safety

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Level Crossing Upgrades To Significantly Improve Safety Of Rail And Road Networks

Victor P Taffa

5 metropolitan railway pedestrian crossings and 9 rural road level crossings will be upgraded as part of an initial $12 Million investment in the State Government’s Railway Crossing Safety Strategy.

“Adelaide’s train network is one of the most efficient ways for people to travel throughout our city but the sheer size and speed of our trains means they can pose dangers for pedestrians, especially if they are not paying proper attention.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

State Government is investing $2.5 Million to install automatic gates at pedestrian crossings in Christie Downs, Brighton and Hove to significantly improve safety, as part of a 4-year strategy to improve safety across the rail network.

Another 5 passive pedestrian crossings which currently pose safety risks will also be closed, with pedestrians directed to nearby, safer alternatives.

“There are 710 railway crossings on public roads in metropolitan and rural South Australia and more than 360 pedestrian crossings on Adelaide’s passenger rail network.”

7 rural road level crossings will be upgraded in the Mid North, Flinders Ranges, Callington, Currency Creek, Murray Bridge and Nairne, while signage will be upgraded at a further 154 level crossings.

Safety upgrades will also be delivered at metropolitan road level crossings at Gillman, Wingfield, Seaton and Port Adelaide.

The strategy has also identified level crossings that should be removed and replaced with underpasses or overpasses, starting with the Oaklands Crossing.

State Government and City of Marion are urging the Federal Government to upgrade Oaklands Crossing using savings from the North-South Corridor road projects.

Projects are in addition to the $238 Million Torrens Junction rail underpass which is already under construction at Park Terrace, and the Outer Harbor rail overpass built in January as part of the $896 Million Torrens to Torrens project.

“Most recently we opened the Outer Harbor overpass, removing the level crossing from South Road as part of the $896 Million Torrens to Torrens project and work has begun to remove the level crossing at Park Terrace in Bowden.” Mr. Mullighan said.

“Our Government has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars to improve safety and traffic flow at key locations, by separating train and tram tracks from roads and footpaths, including the Bakewell Underpass and the South Road tram overpass.”

After Oaklands, level crossings at Ovingham, Seaton and Salisbury have topped the list to be redeveloped in the future, with funding to be sought through the Federal Road and Rail Program and Infrastructure Australia.

“Average passenger train weighs more than 100 tonnes and can take more than a kilometre to come to a stop. For freight trains this can be even longer.” Mr. Mullighan said.

“Between 2011 and 2016, 4 people were killed and 6 people were seriously injured at railway crossings and 741 near-misses were reported by rail operators.”

 

Background

Pedestrian crossings to be upgraded are located at:

  • Christie Downs Railway Station Seaford end,
  • Seventh Ave, Hove,
  • Hove Railway Station Adelaide end,
  • Beach Road, Brighton,
  • A pedestrian level crossing between Dunluce Avenue and King Street, Brighton.

Pedestrian crossings to be closed are located at:

  • Christie Downs Railway Station, Adelaide end safer alternative 200 metre away at Seaford end of station,
  • King Street, Brighton safer alternatives at newly relocated Dunluce Avenue crossing and existing Brighton Road,
  • Pine Avenue, Seacliff safer alternative at Maitland Terrace,
  • Hallett Cove Railway Station, Adelaide end safer alternative overpass at Seaford end of station,
  • Carlton Street, Oaklands Park safer alternative at Oakland’s Railway Station, or Sturt River crossing adjacent Crozier Terrace.

Level crossing safety improvements to be initially funded under the Safer Level Crossings Program include:

  • Installing boom gates at 7 rural level crossings:
  • Mannum Road, Murray Bridge,
  • Callington-Goolwa Road, Callington,
  • 2 level crossings on Warnertown Road, Coonamia,
  • Hawker-Stirling North Road, Stirling North,
  • Woodside-Nairne Road, Nairne,
  • Spencer Highway, Coonamia,
  • Upgrading 2 SteamRanger level crossings at Currency Creek and the Pichi Richi level crossing at West Terrace in Quorn, replacing give way signs with flashing lights and bells,
  • Upgrading signage at 154 level crossings (111 of which are in the rural areas)
  • Installing boom gates at 2 metropolitan level crossings:
  • North Arm Road, Gillman,
  • Cormack Road, Wingfield,
  • Signage and pavement marking upgrades at Trimmer Parade, Seaton, and Eastern Parade, Port Adelaide.