Wherever railway lines meet a road or footpath – a unique set of safety hazards exist.
Engineering and infrastructure improvements, installation of warning signals and automatic pedestrian gates, education and enforcement can improve safety at level crossings. However, in line with other Australian jurisdictions, we also need to consider reducing the number of railway crossings.
The combination of speed, people and freight travelling on intersecting rail and road systems has the potential for high impact or catastrophic incidents. Even a collision with a low speed train or tram can result in serious injury or death, particularly for pedestrians.
The fewer opportunities for people and vehicles to meet at an intersecting train or tram track, the safer and more reliable our network will be. Other benefits include improved traffic flow and reduced travel times, allowing us to more efficiently move people, goods and services on our roads and public transport networks.
The Safer Level Crossing Program aims to improve safety at South Australia’s railway crossings in line with South Australia’s Railway Crossing Safety Strategy (PDF, 1305 KB).
20 priority level crossings have also been identified that should be removed and replaced with underpasses or overpasses, starting with the Oaklands Crossing.
These 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.
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