RAA calls time on level crossing choke points in northern suburbs
Wednesday, 8th May 2019
RAA is urging the next federal government to fix three level crossings posing a risk to safety, and plaguing commuters and businesses in the northern suburbs.
The state’s largest mobility organisation says the level crossings at Park Terrace in Salisbury, Kings Road in Salisbury Downs and Cormack Road in Dry Creek are causing significant hold-ups for commuters and road freight.
Up to 15 freight and interstate trains travel through the Salisbury and Salisbury Downs level crossings every day, in addition to regular metropolitan passenger trains.
During peak hour, these trains can delay road users by as much as 10 minutes.
Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said that RAA had been leading the call to remove the level crossings to ease traffic congestion.
“Separating road from rail at Kings Road, Park Terrace and Cormack Road will benefit the many road users, public transport services, cyclists and pedestrians that use these crossings every day, improving efficiency and, most importantly, the safety of our road network,’’ he said.
State Government figures highlight safety concerns with the Cormack intersection alone recording more than 2000 motorist infringements for illegal crossing between 2013 and 2017, resulting in $885,000 in fines.
As part of its federal election priorities, RAA has also called for grade separation at two other key level crossing locations:
- Torrens Road, Renown Park
- Cross Road, Kings Park
The federal budget committed $116 million to separate road and rail at the Torrens Road level crossing in Renown Park, and the federal opposition has pledged $105 million to remove the level crossing bottleneck on Cross Road.
“While the funding pledges for the Torrens and Cross roads are welcome, none of the political parties have committed to fixing any of the level crossing choke points north of Gepps Cross,” Mr Mountain said.
“The Kings Road level crossing in Salisbury Downs is one of the state’s busiest and RAA research indicates road freight would benefit from efficiencies if the northern level crossings were fixed, especially those at Salisbury Downs and Dry Creek.”