Removing the Torrens Road, Ovingham level crossing
The Ovingham level crossing is located near the fringe of the Adelaide CBD on Torrens Road at Ovingham, approximately 100 metres from the Churchill Road junction.
The $231 million Ovingham level crossing removal project is being jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments,with the site identified by the State Government’s Keeping Metro Traffic Moving Report as a priority location for treatments to address road congestion and keep traffic flowing.
Torrens Road crosses both the interstate passenger and freight rail line and the Gawler passenger rail line and each day an average of 23,000 vehicles pass through this level crossing, where the boom gates are down for about 22% of the time during peak periods.
Removal of the level crossing will lead to improved:
- travel times for motorists
- reliability for buses using Torrens Road
- increased freight productivity
- safety for all road users (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) by removing a road-rail crossing point.
The project is in its early stages. The Public Transport Projects Alliance has been engaged to undertake the Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Planning Study, which will identify issues and opportunities, determine a preferred solution (overpass or underpass) and develop a concept plan and early designs. Detailed planning engagement commenced in October 2019, with early works expected to begin in 2020.