PTP Alliance completes £98m Oaklands Crossing project in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jul 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Public Transport Projects Alliance (PTP Alliance) has completed the A$174m (£98m) Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation Project in South Australia.

Located 12.8km south of Adelaide on the Seaford rail line at the intersection of Morphett and Diagonal roads, the Oaklands Crossing is intended to improve safety of road users and ease traffic congestion.

The project involved the lowering of the rail line under the road and removing the level crossing at the intersection of Morphett and Diagonal roads.

The project was jointly funded by the Australian government with A$95m (£54m), the State government A$74m (£42m) and the City of Marion A$5m (£2.8m).

On average, about 42,000 vehicles use Morphett Road south of the Oaklands Crossing every day. North of the crossing, around 33,200 vehicles use Diagonal Road and 8,700 use Morphett Road.

The project has resulted in a 23% improvement in travel times during the morning peak hours and 25% improvement during the evening peak hours for commuters on Diagonal and Morphett roads.

The project reduces travel time for commuter, business and freight vehicles that use the crossing. New pedestrian bridges pathways and activated crossings improve cycling and walking access and safety.

Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation Project also increases the total number of car parks by 50 and has the potential to act as a catalyst for development and renewal in the area.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said that the removal of the level crossing has made a huge difference for motorists in the area.

He said: “The Oaklands Crossing project has been busting congestion and slashing travel time for eight weeks now.

“And there is plenty more to come in Adelaide and South Australia with billions invested in infrastructure by the Morrison Government to get everyone home sooner and safer.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said: “The Marshall Government has built an $11.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure works over the next four years so there’s still a lot of congestion busting construction to come.

“We will keep building South Australia to deliver better roads, cut travel times and build a stronger economy.”

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Image: Work undertaken at Morphett Road bridge. Photo: Courtesy of Public Transport Projects Alliance.

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