The community says – Let’s get Oaklands crossing moving
Read about the community campaign to get Oaklands crossing moving.
Mums and dads, children, new arrivals, commuters, business people, retirees and Councillors have come together in one voice to demand an end to more than 40-years of traffic chaos at Oaklands crossing.
An average of more than 41,000 vehicles a day use the crossing, which is at the intersection of Diagonal and Morphett roads and owned by the State Government.
Marion Council this month launched the Let’s Get Oaklands Crossing Moving campaign to seek a commitment from State and Federal governments to fund and build the infrastructure that will fix the traffic congestion.
Traffic jams at the Oaklands Park intersection are causing motorists to report delays of up to 20 minutes at peak times, adding to the cost of doing business and the time it takes families to travel to work, entertainment and sport.
Mayor Kris Hanna said Council was advocating on behalf of the community to fix the crossing.
“The sight of cars banked up north and south of the crossing and on side roads will get worse unless action is taken,” Mr Hanna said.
“It’s now time to act to fund a separation of road and rail, creating jobs and connecting people to services, facilities and businesses.
“It is not uncommon for some motorists to be forced to wait for up to 20 minutes in peak hour traffic.
“The community can help end the traffic jam by joining the campaign.”
More than 2000 people participated in a community
survey in March which showed overwhelming support to find a permanent fix for the crossing.
The crossing’s boomgates close for trains about 130 times a day, effectively closing the road for an estimated two hours a day.
The Office of the Rail Regulator reports that Oaklands is Adelaide’s fifth most dangerous crossing.
In 2012, the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) released a planning study which assessed four grade separation options and recommended at $100 - $110 million overpass.
- Find out more about the Oaklands crossing campaign.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.
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