On Sunday, I was pleased to announce that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for local residents, commuters and everyone else who has followed our Fix Oaklands Crossing journey! The crossing is set to be fixed for the most part in May, once the lowered Seaford railway line is connected. This means motorists will no longer have to stop for trains at the Morphett Road and Diagonal Road intersection!
Nicolle Flint MP, Federal Member for Boothby, the Hon Stephan Knoll MP, Minister for Transport and myself at Oaklands Crossing
However in order for the new rail line to be connected, the Seaford and Tonsley rail lines will be temporarily closed between Adelaide and Brighton from last service Friday 12 April until last service Sunday 5 May 2019. During the closure period, substitute buses will be running as follows:
Seaford - on the Seaford Line, trains will run between Seaford Railway Station and Brighton Railway Station, with substitute buses travelling between Brighton Railway Station and Adelaide Railway Station. Buses for Oaklands Railway Station will operate from Stop 29 Morphett Road (west side – city bound) and Stop 28A Morphett Road (east side – Seaford bound).
Tonsley - the Tonsley Line will have substitute buses between Tonsley Railway Station and Adelaide Railway Station.
For more information on the substitute bus stops for each railway station and timetable changes, click here.
Whilst I understand that the closure will cause some inconvenience, the closure has been timed to coincide with lower traffic volumes during school holidays and the Easter holiday period. The closure will also be used as an opportunity to undertake other essential works such as line marking, minor station works, graffiti removal and signalling maintenance on the Seaford and Tonsley lines.
Once the new rail line is connected the last stages of the project will begin, including removing the old station, upgrading surrounding roads, constructing new car parks, reinstatement and landscaping. These works are all expected to be completed by mid 2019.
Over the last month, multiple crews have focused on major works projects in the lead up to the rail line closure. Roofing contractors have progressed working on the top and underside of the station canopy and concrete pours have taken place daily to build ramps.
Whilst the majority of soil has been removed from the realigned rail corridor, a final 5,000m3 will also be removed over the coming months at each end of the construction zone. The new and existing rail lines will be connected near Johnstone Road (east of the station) and Struan Avenue (west of the station).
Towards the end of March and heading into April we will also see the construction of the Addison Road car parks and the continuation of the Diagonal, Morphett and Dunrobin Road upgrades, including stormwater, street lighting, and traffic signals.
To see where all the works will be taking place, see the map below:
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