Railway Crossing Safety Improvement Program

Safer Level Crossings

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).

Improvements include:

  • Seaford line upgrades - automatic gates at pedestrian crossings in Christie Downs, Brighton and Hove. Another five passive pedestrian crossings which currently pose safety risks will also be closed, with pedestrians directed to nearby, safer alternatives.
  • Installing boom gates at seven rural level crossings:
    • Mannum Road, Murray Bridge
    • Callington-Goolwa Road, Callington, and
    • 2 level crossings on Warnertown Road, Coonamia
    • Hawker-Stirling North Road, Stirling North
    • Woodside-Nairne Road, Nairne
    • Spencer Highway, Coonamia
  • Upgrading two level crossings on the SteamRanger line at Currency Creek and the Mill Crossing on the Pichi Richi line at  West Terrace, Quorn, replacing give way signs with flashing lights and bells
  • Upgrading signage at 154 level crossings (111 of which are in the rural areas)
  • Installing boom gates at two metropolitan level crossings:
    • North Arm Road, Gillman
    • Cormack Road, Wingfield
  • Signage and pavement marking upgrades at Trimmer Parade, Seaton, and Eastern Parade, Port Adelaide.
  • Reducing the speed limit from 110 or 100kph to 80kph on the approach to level crossings in regional areas, refer media release.

20 priority level crossings have also been identified that should be removed and replaced with underpasses or overpasses, starting with the Oaklands Crossing.

  • Oaklands Crossing
  • Torrens Road, Ovingham
  • Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton
  • Park Terrace, Salisbury
  • Kings Road, Parafield Gardens
  • Brighton Road, Hove
  • Cross Road, Unley Park
  • Emerson Crossing, Black Forest
  • Marion and Cross roads, Plympton Park
  • Goodwood Road, Goodwood
  • Womma Road, Edinburgh North
  • Commercial Road, Salisbury
  • Morphett Road, Morphettville
  • Cormack Road, Wingfield
  • East Avenue, Clarence Park
  • Raglan Avenue, Edwardstown
  • Sherriffs Road, Lonsdale
  • Jetty Road, Brighton
  • Sixth Avenue, Ascot Park
  • De Laine Avenue, Edwardstown

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.

For more information

Media release 16 May 2017

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