Seaford line Pedestrian Crossing Safety Program

DPTI’s Railway Crossing Safety Strategy, released in May 2017, identified a range of strategies to improve safety at railway crossings in the Adelaide metropolitan area, including identifying pedestrian crossings for closure where safer alternatives exist. Outcomes of consultation on the draft strategy suggested that there was generally high support for these strategies.  

This Seaford railway line project will provide improved safety for all users of pedestrian crossings 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 works.

A number of pedestrian crossings 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.  

Works undertaken to date include:

Christie Downs Railway Station

  • The pedestrian crossing at the southern end of the station is being upgraded to include automated gates, new mazeways and upgraded lighting.  These works are scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2018.
  • 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, the department is installing stairs on the southern side of Flaxmill Road where the road passes under the railway line.  These works are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.  

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

  • The pedestrian crossing at the northern end of the station to be permanently closed.  A safer, grade-separated pedestrian crossing is approximately 170 metres south at the southern end of the railway 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 to 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.

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

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.

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, released in May 2017, 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.

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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