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

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

Seven 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.

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

The 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.

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.

Background

The pedestrian crossings to be upgraded are located at:

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

The pedestrian crossings to be closed are located at:

  • Christie Downs Railway Station, Adelaide end – safer alternative 200m 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 seven rural level crossings:
  • Mannum Road, Murray Bridge
      - Callington-Goolwa Road, Callington, and
      - Two level crossings on Warnertown Road, Coonamia
      - Hawker-Stirling North Road, Stirling North
      - Woodside-Nairne Road, Nairne
      - Spencer Highway, Coonamia
  • Upgrading two 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 two metropolitan level crossings:
      - North Arm Road, Gillman
      - Cormack Road, Wingfield
  • Signage and pavement marking upgrades at Trimmer Parade, Seaton, and Eastern Parade, Port Adelaide.

Further information on the Rail Crossing Strategy is available at the Towards Zero Together website

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

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.

A two-fold strategy of upgrading pedestrian crossings while removing those considered most dangerous will significantly improve safety along the Seaford rail line, while also improving the reliability of trains and reducing the journey time.

The majority of our crossings are in rural areas, even though trains are less frequent. Statistics show that the majority of incidents are occurring on freight lines outside of Adelaide. This investment will allow for the installation of important safety measures such as boom gates, lights and bells, and extra signage.

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.

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.

By removing level crossings or upgrading them, we will significantly improve safety and reduce the likelihood of injuries and even deaths, which are often caused by inattention and impatience.

These projects also reduce traffic delays, significantly reducing commute times and improving productivity and efficiency for those who use the road for their work, such as freight operators and couriers.

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.

The 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.

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.