North Terrace King William Street Tram Diamond Junction Only To Have 3 Of 4 Sides

North Terrace King William Street Tram Diamond Junction Only To Have 3 Of 4 Sides

South Australia Minister for Transport Stephan Knoll

Right-Hand Turn Project Will Not Proceed

Victor P Taffa

Marshall Government will not proceed with constructing a right-hand turn for trams at the intersection of King William Street and North Terrace.

A report prepared by independent engineering experts Aurecon identifies that installing a right-hand turn for trams at the intersection would create an unacceptable risk of derailment and increase the time taken to drive from Magill Road to King William Street from 3 to 13 minutes.

Report also identifies that existing tram services would be negatively impacted by delays and reduced trip frequency.

Current cost estimate for installing the right-hand turn is $47 Million. A further $70 Million would then be required to purchase, stable and operate trams that would be suitable for turning without risk of derailment.

“Good governments listen to expert advice and spend public money effectively.” Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said.

“We also have a responsibility to ensure our public transport system operates safely and does not unnecessarily cause traffic delays.”

“Report prepared by Aurecon identifies that the installation of the right-hand turn would pose an unacceptable risk to safety, cause unnecessary traffic delays and negatively impact existing tram services.”

“State Government has listened to engineering experts and will not proceed with the right-hand turn project.” Minister Knoll said.

SA Minister for Transport Stephan Knoll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Union Tram Junctions:

Grand Union Trams Junctions enable trams to go in all directions from all directions.

Balaclava Junction is the only Grand Union in Australia. Located at the intersection of Balaclava Road and Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North on the Melbourne tram network.

It is the only surviving example of a grand union in the Southern Hemisphere. Adelaide previously had 3 grand unions, but none exist today.

Melbourne has the world’s largest operating tram network.

 

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3 of 4-sided North Terrace King William Street Tram Diamond Junction Under Construction