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Travel times will be cut and road safety improved after the State Government announced it will include $201 million in Tuesday’s State Budget for new rail crossing projects on Torrens Rd and Brighton Rd.
The Government says the funding will deliver overpasses or underpasses — otherwise known as grade separations — on Torrens Rd at Ovingham and Brighton Rd at Hove.
It comes after the Federal Government also pledged $201 million for the initiatives in its budget in April, bringing the total investment to $402 million.
The Torrens Rd rail crossing at Ovingham. It and the rail crossing on Brighton Rd at Hove will be upgraded. Picture: Brenton EdwardsTransport Minister Stephan Knoll said the grade separations would remove two notorious rail crossings along Adelaide two busiest train lines.
“The Seaford and Gawler train lines are our most heavily patronised train lines and when the boom gates come down, it frustrates motorists on their way to work or home,” he said.
“In fact, we know that during peak periods at the Brighton Rd level crossing, the boom gates are down for about 20 per cent of the time — or about 25 minutes.
“That’s why we are building these grade separations — to bust congestion and cut travel times.”
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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