Expressions of interest are being called in order to move forward with a $174.3 million project in South Australia that would open up new development opportunities and free debilitating congestion.
The Marion council made an agreement in June this year with the State and Federal Governments to deliver the Oaklands Crossing project.
Oaklands Crossing will receive $95 million in Federal funding and $74.3 million from the State Government, with construction expected to begin in the first half of next year.
Prequalified companies and consortia will have four weeks to prepare and submit an expression of interest, with the two highest ranking invited to submit a Request for Proposal.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the joint Australian, State and Local Government project would reduce delays for the 42,000 vehicles which travel through this level crossing each weekday.
“Traffic volumes are expected to grow to 66,000 by 2031, further exacerbating congestion,” Fletcher said.
“This project proposes a rail underpass extending 400 metres east and west of the Oaklands Park level crossing, and will include a new station with an extended 160-metre platform to cater for longer trains.”
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said the project would support approximately 160 jobs during construction.
“Removing the level crossing will significantly reduce congestion for vehicle traffic held up by the boom gates, while also improving train services for the more than 15,000 passengers who use the Seaford line each day," he said.
“The project will also involve improvements to the bus and train interchange, as well as better access to the Marion precinct.”
Mayor Kris Hanna said Marion Council will contribute another $5 million to the project in land, roadworks and green space while facilitating a special planning zone to allow high-density developments.
“The State and Federal Governments asked Council to prepare a bold concept plan for how Oaklands Crossing could be redeveloped,” Mayor Hanna said.
“The design involved modifying the road network to fix the crossing, undergrounding the rail line and building a major train station offering commercial and retail opportunities.
“Apartments and shops would frame the development which would feature a green open space at its heart.
“It’s fantastic that after 40 years of inaction Oaklands Crossing will finally be fixed once and for all,” Hanna said.
Image: Artist impression courtesy South Australian Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure.