Frequently Asked Questions
What will this project deliver for the community?
- Improved safety for road traffic, passenger rail services, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Improved travel time reliability for all road users by removing a level crossing that stops traffic for almost 20% of peak periods.
- Improved reliability, efficiency and safety for public transport users.
- Reduce “rat-running” or the use of side streets and back streets.
- Economic benefit: such as travel time savings, travel time reliability, vehicle operating cost savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced safety incidents and improved local amenity and connectivity.
- It is a State Government priority to remove at-grade level crossings across the Adelaide metropolitan area.
What options are being considered?
- impacts on local residents and nearby business;
- heritage and environment impacts;
- land acquisition;
- impacts to traffic, including local road networks;
- construction and ongoing maintenance costs;
- construction impacts; and
- disruption to rail services.
What is the timeframe for construction?
It is expected a construction contract will be awarded in late 2021, with main works commencing in mid-2022, subject to approvals. The project is estimated for completion by early 2024.
What is the land acquisition process? How do I know if my property is affected?
The Department wishes to minimise land acquisition and associated impacts on the community, as much as practically possible.
Once a preferred solution is identified, the Department will confirm all the land required and communicate directly with affected land owners. It is important to note, the level of land acquisition varies under each of the options being considered, with the least land acquisition being a Rail Over solution.
The below table indicates the expected acquisition required for each solution:
|Four options||No. Acquisitions|
Why is this crossing a priority?
The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator expects continuous improvement in the safety of level crossings and ultimately seeks a reduction in the number of level crossings. Grade separation is the most effective option for minimising risks to safety.
The Hove Level Crossing and Torrens Road, Ovingham were identified as the first locations for removal of at-grade level crossings.
During the morning peak hour the boom gates are closed for almost 20% of the time, causing significant delays for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
The South Australian and Australian governments are working in partnership to improve safety and increase efficiency by upgrading intersections and removing at-grade level crossings, as part of the governments’ congestion busting initiative.
Why are investigation works occurring when a preferred option has not been selected?
Early investigation works are occurring and are necessary for all four options. The Department has not yet undertaken a detailed design on any of the four options and the survey and geotechnical information obtained from the works will be used as part of the design process.
Will Hove Station be retained?
Hove Station will be retained under all options.
Can trains travelling in opposite directions wait and sync to cross Brighton Road at the same time to reduce the boom gate downtime?
From an operational perspective it is not possible to sync train movements across Brighton Road.
Vehicles must give way to rail movements at all times to ensure safety at level crossings, and to ensure the overall effectiveness of the rail network.
What is happening to Brighton Town Hall and other heritage buildings in the area?
The former Brighton Town Hall, Brighton Post Office and Institute Library on Brighton Road will be retained for a Rail Over or Rail Under solution.
Will vegetation along the rail corridor be retained?
Unfortunately, there will be impacts to vegetation (particularly to vegetation in and adjacent the rail corridor) and the Department will make every effort to retain vegetation and significant trees, as much as practically possible.
All the necessary approvals will be obtained for the removal of any required vegetation, and offsets made, where required.
What difference will the level crossing removal make?
Modelling has been completed to compare a “base case” using 2019 traffic data under the scenario of removing the Hove Level Crossing. The modelling shows that the average travel time along Brighton Road between Sturt Road and Cecelia Street is improved in both directions in the AM and PM peak periods, with reductions in travel time, delay time and queuing time of between 15 – 45%.
Is the Department looking at other areas of congestion along Brighton Road?
The State has committed to funding planning and investigations for the development of a Brighton Road Corridor Plan (Corridor Plan). This Corridor Plan will include stakeholder and community consultation on how the broader corridor might be improved. Information already gathered from recent community drop-in sessions that focused on the broader concerns for Brighton Road will be considered as part of the corridor planning works.
Why is groundwater depth important in relation to the Hove Level Crossing Removal Project?
Groundwater has been found at a depth of between 5 - 7 metres below ground level. This significantly impacts the Rail Under option for the Hove Level Crossing Removal. To construct the Rail Under, excavation is required to be around 10 metres below Brighton Road existing levels, which means complex engineering and costly pumping systems would need to be used during construction and operation.
What has been the feedback from the community to date?
Engagement as part of the early planning study and options development was undertaken in late 2019. In total over 800 people provided comments on the possible options to separate the Hove Level Crossing from Brighton Road. Five community and business forums were then held in late 2020. More than sixty local residents and / or business owners participated.
The top priorities for the Hove Level Crossing Removal through the engagement were identified as:
- Safe access across the rail line and Brighton Road for all road and rail users.
- Safe and efficient access for pedestrians to businesses, shops and houses.
- High quality visual amenity, design and landscaping outcomes.
- Minimising property acquisition. More reliable travel times for commuters.
- Managing traffic impacts on the local road network.
- Minimising impacts on private properties.
- Minimising construction impacts on residents, road users and train users.
- Management of construction impacts on businesses.
- Improving station access.
- Provision of cycling facilities.
In addition, the following topics were identified as areas of interest by residents and businesses.
- Access to Brighton Road from side streets.
- Modelling relating to noise.
- Impact on privacy in terms of overlooking.
- Property value.
- Public realm opportunities.
- The implications for the trees on Addison Road.
- Future maintenance of the redeveloped level crossing.