There is light at the end of the tunnel for public transport commuters and motorists who travel through the Oaklands crossing intersection, with the new rail line set to be connected in May.
The Seaford and Tonsley rail lines will be temporarily closed between Adelaide and Brighton to allow for the new rail line to be connected.
The rail line will be closed from last service Friday 12 April until last service Sunday 5 May 2019:
- On the Seaford Line, trains will run between Seaford Railway Station and Brighton Railway Station, with substitute buses between Brighton Railway Station and Adelaide Railway Station.
- The Tonsley Line will have substitute buses between Tonsley Railway Station and Adelaide Railway Station.
When these works are complete, motorists will no longer have to stop for trains at the Morphett and Diagonal roads intersection.
Connection works require the project to work 24/7 during this closure to tie into the existing rail corridor. This closure has been timed to coincide with lower traffic volumes during school holidays and Easter.
This closure will also be used as an opportunity to undertake other essential works, such as line marking, minor station works, graffiti removal, and signalling maintenance on the Seaford and Tonsley lines.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Federal Government’s $95 million investment in this project is an important part of our $5.3 billion transport investment program in SA.
“Fixing this level crossing will make a huge difference to motorists in the area,” said Minister Tudge.
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said that the project will work with the local community and key stakeholders to minimise construction impacts.
“It’s great news that we finally have light at the end of the tunnel and the State Government asks for the local community’s patience throughout the rail line closure,” said Minister Knoll.
“Project works will continue until the middle of 2019 to complete the old station removal, road upgrades, car park construction, reinstatement and landscaping.”
Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint said the local community would be relieved that this project was approaching one of its most significant milestones.
"The community has exercised a great deal of patience since construction began on this project, so I’m pleased we can update the community on this significant progress,” said Ms Flint.
“The local community will be delighted that in a matter of months they will never have to wait for another train at this intersection again and the majority of works will be complete.”
Member for Gibson Corey Wingard said that once complete the Oaklands Crossing project would slash travel times for motorists and ease traffic congestion in the area.
“It’s welcome news that soon motorists, pedestrians and other commuters won’t have to sit at this intersection waiting for a train to pass,” said Minister Wingard.
“There will be some inconvenience throughout the rail line closure however given the end of this long-awaited project is in sight, hopefully the community can continue to be patient.”
The $174 million Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government ($95 million), the State Government ($74 million) and the City of Marion ($5 million).
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