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Re: News & Discussion: Cycling

#376 Post by ChillyPhilly » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:37 pm

The Dry Creek railyards have prevented from the Gawler Line Greenway from ever being complete.
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Re: News & Discussion: Cycling

#377 Post by SBD » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:36 pm

ChillyPhilly wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:37 pm
The Dry Creek railyards have prevented from the Gawler Line Greenway from ever being complete.
The indicative map at https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructu ... r_greenway seems to have it cross the railway at Pym Street then use Harrison Rd, Naweena Rd, Gallipoli Drive. That seems to be the plan as of October 2014 (reading the image metadata). Not much has changed in five years when the major parties can share the blame evenly. The page was updated in July 2018, before the Jack Bobridge Track became the Barossa Trail. "Works to complete the remaining sections of the Greenway are not planned at this time."

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Re: News & Discussion: Cycling

#378 Post by dbl96 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:24 am

First the right-turn for the tram, then the railway to Port Adelaide, now this. It's interesting that Minister Knoll has been "discovering" so many "unforseen cost blowouts". It's also interesting that none of them relate to road projects.
Bridge at Goodwood railway station for cyclists put ‘on hold’ following cost blowout
OCTOBER 29, 2019

A long-promised bridge over the Goodwood railway station to improve safety for cyclists has been put “on hold indefinitely” after its cost blew out to $28 million.

Public Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the project, which would have connected the Mike Turtur Bikeway from Railway Tce North, in Goodwood, and Norman Tce, in Forestville,

had nearly tripled in cost from its initial estimate of $10 million.

“Following detailed planning work it was revealed the project would cost nearly three times the original estimation,” Mr Knoll said.

“As a responsible State Government we will now reassess the priority of this project and value to South Australian taxpayers before deciding whether to proceed.”

The former Labor government promised the bridge in 2016 and said it would be completed before the end of 2017.

Mr Knoll’s comments come after documents obtained under freedom of information, sighted by The Messenger, suggested the cost blow out.

Cyclists currently either have to walk through a subway under the station or detour through the level crossing at Victoria St.

Unley Mayor Michael Hewitson said the government’s decision was “frustrating”.

“(The bridge) would be a natural addition,” Mr Hewitson said.

“It would draw even greater numbers of people on bikes, taking them off our roads.”Unley Bicycle User Group chairwoman Jennifer Bonham was disappointed with the announcement.

“We need to be making decisions for the long-term future of transport in Adelaide,” Dr Bonham said.

“The cost of the Goodwood Station upgrade pales against the billions of dollars spent on the various north-south corridor projects.

“Upgrading Goodwood station will help this (bike) network function with much greater safety and efficiency.”

She said the current option for cyclists at the crossing was similar to “asking motorists to get out of their vehicles and push them through a tricky or dangerous intersection”.

Badcoe state Labor MP Jayne Stinson said it was disappointing news.

“This is a project our community was looking forward to and it’s only through an FOI that the Minister has been forced to confess to local people that he’s keen to axe this important community infrastructure,” Ms Stinson said.

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Re: News & Discussion: Cycling

#379 Post by Bacon » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:30 pm

SBD wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:36 pm
ChillyPhilly wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:37 pm
The Dry Creek railyards have prevented from the Gawler Line Greenway from ever being complete.
The indicative map at https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructu ... r_greenway seems to have it cross the railway at Pym Street then use Harrison Rd, Naweena Rd, Gallipoli Drive. That seems to be the plan as of October 2014 (reading the image metadata). Not much has changed in five years when the major parties can share the blame evenly. The page was updated in July 2018, before the Jack Bobridge Track became the Barossa Trail. "Works to complete the remaining sections of the Greenway are not planned at this time."
This section is actually nearing completion as we speak, crosses over at Islington station, underneath Regency, follows Naweena and Gallipoli, underneath Grand junction and comes out at Cormack Rd. ride a bit up Magazine road and you either turn left for the future Norther Connector path or turn right at Henschke to head towards Mawson Lakes.

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Re: News & Discussion: Cycling

#380 Post by SBD » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:55 am

Bacon wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:30 pm
SBD wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:36 pm
ChillyPhilly wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:37 pm
The Dry Creek railyards have prevented from the Gawler Line Greenway from ever being complete.
The indicative map at https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructu ... r_greenway seems to have it cross the railway at Pym Street then use Harrison Rd, Naweena Rd, Gallipoli Drive. That seems to be the plan as of October 2014 (reading the image metadata). Not much has changed in five years when the major parties can share the blame evenly. The page was updated in July 2018, before the Jack Bobridge Track became the Barossa Trail. "Works to complete the remaining sections of the Greenway are not planned at this time."
This section is actually nearing completion as we speak, crosses over at Islington station, underneath Regency, follows Naweena and Gallipoli, underneath Grand junction and comes out at Cormack Rd. ride a bit up Magazine road and you either turn left for the future Norther Connector path or turn right at Henschke to head towards Mawson Lakes.
It's good that it is gradually creeping north, and perhaps it will service a few more schools and shops in that area (I don't know the area well). It might become an option for commuters riding from Mawson Lakes and Gawler to Adelaide.

The problem I would like the Gawler Greenway to address is the much shorter link between the suburban areas of Adelaide (Blakeview/Munno Para and nearby suburbs) and Gawler (Evanston South/Evanston Gardens and the Gawler bike paths). Several MPs have told me over the last four or five elections (state and federal) that no extra paths are needed to bridge this gap because the Gawler Greeenway is planned to go near the railway line.

There are a lot of schools east of the railway and Main North Road, including Trinity College main campus at Evanston South and a cluster of schools at Blakeview. Cycling options across the gap are Main North Road (no bike lane), Coventry Road (west of the railway line, rural, no sealed shoulders or bike lanes), Gawler-One Tree Hill Road (up a steep hill each end, also rural and no shoulders) or all the way west to the bikeway near the Northern Expressway (further west than the total distance intended to be travelled, but has a shared path along Curtis Road completed a year or two ago).

Coventry Road is close to Mark Oliphant College, which also has relatively quiet roads to connect it to Munno Para railway station. Another link east of Main North Road near the Barossa Pipeline and Bentley Road (which is unmade through the gap) would complement rather than compete with Stuart O'Grady bikeway and Gawler Greenway.

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