Tuesday 22nd Aug, 2017

Speed limit changes at level crossings to improve road safety

Level Crossing Victoria. Photo: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Photo: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Speed limits at fourteen level crossings in rural South Australia are to be reduced from 110 and 100 kilometres per hour to 80 kilometres per hour, as part of the state government’s effort to improve road safety.

Road safety minister Peter Malinauskas said that the intention behind the changes is to provide drivers more time to see and stop for approaching trains.

“When approaching level crossings in regional areas that don’t have warning signals, drivers need to be aware of the potential for a train to approach and be ready to stop if required,” the minister said.

“Fortunately, road safety incidents on rural level crossings are rare but the consequences can be catastrophic. This preventative measure has the potential to save lives and avert serious injury.”

Between 2012 and 2016, 13 crashes have occurred at level crossings on sealed rural state roads with a speed limit of 100 or 110 kilometres per hour, while at the 14 crossings subject to changes, there were 8 near misses in the same period.

As part of the changes, ‘Railway Crossing’ signs are to be partnered with the new speed limit signs.

Malinauskas also encouraged regional councils in the state to “follow the government’s lead and reduce speed limits on the approach to level crossings under their care and control”.

The 14 level crossings are:

  • Balaklava Road (Port Wakefield to Auburn) at Bowmans
  • Mallala Road (Mallala to Two Wells) at Korunye
  • Ngarkat Highway at Cannawigara
  • Goolwa Road (Mount Compass to Goolwa) at Currency Creek
  • Alexandrina Road (Blackwood to Goolwa) at Currency Creek
  • Long Valley Road (Mount Barker to Strathalbyn at Gemmells
  • Wilkins Highway (Warnertown to Jamestown) at Caltowie
  • Horrocks Pass Road (Main North Road) at Winninowie
  • Flinders Ranges Way (Summit Crossing) at Summit and (Big Dip Crossing) at Woolshed Flat
  • Olympic Dam Highway (Olympic Dam to Pimba) at Out of Districts
  • Point Lowly Road (Port Bonython Road) at Cultana
  • Iron Baron Road (Iron Knob to Puddle Holes Dam) at Iron Baron
  • Flinders Highway at Coomunga