Seaford line Pedestrian Crossing Safety Program

DPTI’s Railway Crossing Safety Strategy identified a range of proposals to improve safety at railway crossings in the Adelaide metropolitan area, including identifying pedestrian crossings for possible closure where safer alternatives exist nearby. Outcomes of consultation on the draft strategy suggested that there was support for these proposals.  

This Seaford railway line project will improve safety for all users of pedestrian crossings on the Seaford rail line whilst maintaining community connectivity. Additional benefits will include safer pedestrian crossings, reduced waiting times, improved accessibility and increased line speeds where opportunities exist. There will be no impact to passenger rail services as a result of the construction works.

A number of pedestrian crossings have been identified either for upgrade, review or closure.  These locations have been identified by assessing a wide range of factors, including safety risk profiles, pedestrian counts, proximity to safer, alternative crossings, crossing history and technical data.  

Works underway or undertaken to date include:

Christie Downs Railway Station

  • the pedestrian crossing at the southern end of the station is planned to be upgraded to include automated gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting.  These works are scheduled to be completed in 2019.
  • the pedestrian crossing at the northern end of the station has been permanently closed.  To improve pedestrian access at the northern end of the station, stairs have been installed on the southern side of Flaxmill Road where the road passes under the railway line.    

Kingston Park

  • the pedestrian crossing at Pine Avenue has been permanently closed.  The nearest alternative pedestrian crossing is approximately 220 metres north at Maitland Terrace, or alternatively 280 metres south at Singleton Road.

Other pedestrian crossings identified for either upgrade or closure include:

Hallett Cove Railway Station

  • DPTI is investigating the best course of action to undertake at the pedestrian crossing at the northern end of the station.

Brighton area

  • the pedestrian crossing at Beach Road to be upgraded to include automated gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting. 
  • the pedestrian crossing between Keelara Street and Dunluce Avenue to be relocated approximately 50 metres north of its current location.  This new crossing will have automatic gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting installed.
  • the pedestrian crossing between Torr Avenue and King Street to be permanently closed.  The nearest alternative pedestrian crossing to that location is approximately 170 metres north east at Brighton Road.

Hove area

  • the pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the Hove Railway Station to be upgraded.  The upgraded crossing will include automated gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting.  
  • the pedestrian crossing adjacent Seventh Avenue, Hove to be upgraded to include automated gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting.

Dates for construction works at the pedestrian crossings at the Hallett Cove Railway Station and in the Brighton and Hove areas will be published on this webpage when these details are finalised.  Residents and businesses directly affected by these activities will receive advance notice prior to the commencement of works.  

Other crossings will be added to this webpage as locations are identified and works scoped.  

To register to receive night works notifications, please visit www.dpti.sa.gov.au/worksnotifications.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are some crossings being closed along the Seaford line?

Railway crossings, due to their high risk profile, have an increasing national focus and particular interest with the National Rail Safety Regulator. The Railway Crossing Policy issued by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator in 2016 articulates the Regulator’s vision of no new railway crossings and a reduction in the number of railway crossings across the country.

DPTI’s Railway Crossing Safety Strategy identified a range of strategies to improve safety at railway crossings in the Adelaide metropolitan area, including infrastructure safety improvements and identifying pedestrian crossings for possible closure where safer alternatives exist nearby. Outcomes of consultation on the draft strategy suggested that there was generally high support for these strategies.  The Seaford line is being addressed due to electric trains travelling relatively quietly and at high speeds as well as other safety considerations specific to each location.  Other Adelaide Metro lines will be investigated into the future.

What will occur at the upgraded pedestrian crossings?

A number of pedestrian crossings along the Seaford line have been identified either for upgrade, review or closure.  These proposals have been identified by assessing a wide range of factors, including safety risk profiles, pedestrian counts, proximity to safer, alternative crossings, crossing history and technical data.  Upgraded crossings will include automatic gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting.  

Residents and businesses who will be directly affected by these activities will receive advance notice prior to the commencement of works.

Why are these works occurring?

The project will provide improved safety for pedestrian crossing users on the Seaford rail line whilst maintaining community connectivity. The associated benefit will include safer pedestrian crossings, reduced waiting times, improved accessibility and increased line speeds where opportunities exist. There will be no impact to passenger rail services as a result of the construction process.

Railway crossings, due to their high risk profile, have an increasing national focus and particular interest with the National Rail Safety Regulator. The Railway Crossing Policy issued by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator in 2016 articulates the Regulator’s vision of no new railway crossings and a reduction in the number of railway crossings across the country.

Pedestrian crossings pose an ever present rail safety risk as there is significant and constant opportunity for interaction between trains and pedestrians. 

There are in excess of 700 pedestrian and road level crossings on active lines in South Australia. Many are equipped with active controls such as flashing lights and boom gates but some will only have passive signs such as 'stop' or 'give way' signs.  Regardless of the level of safety warning devices, pedestrian crossings must be approached with care at all times.  

An Adelaide Metro train travelling at 90 km/h on a dry track needs about 420 metres to stop. This distance is over twice the length of a football oval.

How will this impact me?

Residents and businesses who will be directly affected by these activities will receive advance notice prior to the commencement of works.

To register to receive night works notifications, visit www.dpti.sa.gov.au/worksnotifications.

Pedestrian crossings identified for upgrade will see the installation of automatic gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting.  Trains will still be required to sound their horns when approaching the pedestrian crossing.

When will these works occur?

Works will commence on selected pedestrian crossings along the Seaford line in the 2017-18 financial year.

Further information

Should you have any further enquiries, please telephone 1300 794 880 or email DPTI.CommunityRelations@sa.gov.au

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