South Australia Acting Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Peter Malinauskas
Major Works Kick Off To Remove One Of Adelaide’s Worst Level Crossings
Victor P Taffa
Major works have kicked off to remove one of Adelaide’s most congested level crossings at South Road, Croydon.
“This level crossing is amongst South Australia’s worst. More than 150 Grange and Outer Harbor train services pass through the level crossing every weekday.” Acting Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Peter Malinauskas said.
“Removing the boom gates will reduce congestion for the more than 50,000 vehicles which use the crossing every day.”
A new rail overpass will be installed separating Outer Harbor and Grange trains from vehicle traffic on South Road, reducing congestion and improving safety and travel times for motorists.
Acting Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Peter Malinauskas visited the Torrens to Torrens project today to inspect work on the removal of the level crossing.
More than 110 staff will work for the next three weeks to install the 720-tonne bridge structure which has been fabricated by South Australian Company Samaras Group.
“By using prefabricated bridge sections and installing them in three separate sections, we have been able to minimise disruption to services on the Outer Harbor and Grange lines.” Mr. Malinauskas said.
Preparation works that include pre-cast concrete retaining wall on the eastern and western sides of South Road have been underway for several months in preparation for the bridge installation.
Approximately 270 tonnes of Arrium steel will be used for pile reinforcement, rail tracks and concrete deck reinforcement.
When trains return on 24 January, the level crossing will be gone.
To enable these works to happen safely, buses have been arranged to replace trains on the Outer Harbor and Grange lines from 2-23 January 2017.
“We also thank passengers for their patience while we get on with this vital work. It will be disruptive but the benefits will be immense less congestion, improved travel times and better public transport for passengers in Adelaide’s west.”
This work is part of the $896 Million Torrens to Torrens Project, which has successfully awarded more than $134 Million and more than 96% of contracts to companies providing economic benefits to South Australia.
Rail line closure has been timed to coincide with the lowest patronage period of the year.
The project will also improve access to for pedestrians and cyclist with a new shared cycling and pedestrian path, completing a key link in the Outer Harbor Greenway.