The Oaklands rail crossing is located 12.8km south of Adelaide on the Seaford train line at the intersection of Morphett and Diagonal Roads.
The existing Oaklands Crossing imposes congestion and traffic delays on Morphett and Diagonal Roads due to the operation of boom gates for trains along the Seaford rail corridor. The boom gate operations restrict road traffic movements across the rail line for approximately 25 per cent of the peak traffic periods. Traffic movements for the nearby Westfield Marion shopping centre, the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre and GP Plus facilities further contribute to pressure on the road network around the level crossing.
On average almost 42,000 vehicles use Morphett Road each day south of the Oaklands Crossing. North of the crossing an average of 33,200 vehicles use Diagonal Road and 8700 use Morphett Road.
Trains have speed restrictions approaching the existing Oaklands Station due to uncontrolled pedestrian/cyclist movements across the rail corridor at Diagonal Road and adjacent the rail station platform.
The State Government has been working to remove dangerous and congested level crossings across the state. Grade separated road crossings at key rail locations have been identified by South Australia’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan.
DPTI is looking at a solution that improves safety for all road users and eases traffic congestion at the busy intersection.
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Oaklands Crossing Project
On June 7, funding for the Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation was confirmed. The $174 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government - $95 million, the State Government - $74 million and the City of Marion - $5 million.
The project will:
- improve travel times and reduce travel time variability for vehicles utilising the crossing (commuter, business and freight)
- improve safety by removing a road-rail crossing point and forms part of the Railway Crossing Safety Strategy
- improve cycling and walking accessibility and safety by removing conflicts
- create 160 jobs during construction
- have the potential to act as a catalyst for development and renewal in the area.
Local industry participation will be a focus in line with the South Australian Industry Participation Policy. This policy aims to promote the use of South Australian businesses, suppliers and workers. Steel will be purchased under the State government’s Steel Procurement Policy and South Australian products will be used wherever possible
The length of the project will depend on the final design and project parameters. Community consultation will inform this final decision. Construction is expected to commence in 2018.
Traffic and Public Impacts
During construction, traffic management for Morphett and Oaklands Roads requires careful consideration to minimise interruption for motorists while ensuring the project progresses on schedule.
Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions to public transport and road users. There will be an ongoing program of communications to keep people informed.
Detailed planning is being undertaken as the key next phase of the project. Any necessary rail and road impacts will be identified and communicated at that stage. Advance notice of relocations or closures will be provided to bus users via signs at affected bus stops and on the Adelaide Metro website https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Announcements.
Through the planning, design and construction phases, DPTI will ensure that impacts to rail infrastructure and operations are minimised.
The selection of a design option to remove a level crossing depends on the unique characteristics of each site, the benefits and impacts to the local community of the various options and input from the local community and stakeholders, such as local council, residents and businesses.
Community consultation is a critical part of the Oaklands Rail Crossing Grade Separation Project and will help inform the development of the design options.
The project is in early planning stages and there will be numerous opportunities to get involved and provide feedback as the project progresses.
A major planning study for the upgrade of Oaklands Crossing undertaken in 2012 resulted in extensive public consultation. The project did not receive any funding at the time.
DPTI undertook further community consultation on the project during 2016 at Westfield Marion. This consultation provided the opportunity to view visualisations of a potential rail overpass or rail underpass scheme, and provide comments/feedback. This consultation showed that there is support from the community for the project and a clear desire to get the project started as quickly as possible.
To find out more about the project:
Call: 1300 794 880