To improve road safety in rural areas across the State, speed limits will be reduced from 110 or 100 km/h to 80 km/h on the approach at fourteen level crossings.
The change is intended to give drivers more time to see and stop for an approaching train. The speed reduction significantly reduces the stopping distance needed if a driver is required to brake.
The changes are supported by nearly 70% of people in regional SA who took part in a survey as part of the development of the Railway Crossing Safety Strategy.
The level crossings will include:
- Balaklava Road (Port Wakefield to Auburn) at Bowmans
- Mallala Road (Mallala to Two Wells) at Korunye
- Ngarkat Highway at Cannawigara
- Goolwa Road (Mount Compass to Goolwa) at Currency Creek
- Alexandrina Road (Blackwood to Goolwa) at Currency Creek
- Long Valley Road (Mount Barker to Strathalbyn at Gemmells
- Wilkins Highway (Warnertown to Jamestown) at Caltowie
- Horrocks Pass Road (Main North Road) at Winninowie
- Flinders Ranges Way (Summit Crossing) at Summit and (Big Dip Crossing) at Woolshed Flat
- Olympic Dam Highway (Olympic Dam to Pimba) at Out of Districts
- Point Lowly Road (Port Bonython Road) at Cultana
- Iron Baron Road (Iron Knob to Puddle Holes Dam) at Iron Baron
- Flinders Highway at Coomunga
Between 2012 and 2016 there were 13 crashes at level crossings on sealed rural state roads with a speed limit of 100 or 110 km/h, resulting in two serious injuries and four minor injuries.
For the same period eight near misses were reported at these 14 crossings.
‘Railway Crossing’ signs will be partnered with new speed limit signs.
The Railway Crossing Safety Strategy released in 2017 is available at: towardszerotogether.sa.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas
When approaching level crossings in regional areas that don’t have warning signals, drivers need to be aware of the potential for a train to approach and be ready to stop if required.
Fortunately, road safety incidents on rural level crossings are rare but the consequences can be catastrophic. This preventative measure has the potential to save lives and avert serious injury.
I encourage regional Councils to follow the Government’s lead and reduce speed limits on the approach to level crossings on roads under their care and control, as appropriate.