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Mayor's letter in response to proposed Hove level crossing removal
Mayor Amanda Wilson, on behalf of the City of Holdfast Bay, has written to Hon Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard outlining reasons the Elected Members are supportive of a rail under option for the intersection.
Dear Minister Wingard,
RE: HOVE RAIL CROSSING
Thank you for the recent briefing from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) on the Hove Rail Crossing and the opportunity for Council to be consulted on this important infrastructure project. This project has garnered a great deal of interest in our community, so you can appreciate the need for Council to be well informed to positively advocate on behalf of our residents.
From the briefing provided by DIT, Council understands that the primary purpose of the project is to address the inherent risks of a level crossing/road intersection point, pursuant to the national framework of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.
On that basis, four options are being discussed by DIT with stakeholders, one of which is likely to be selected by the State Government to achieve the grade separation.
Council notes that all the options have pros and cons, however, Elected Members are receiving a substantial volume of community feedback in favour of a ‘rail under’ solution.
As Council’s role is to advocate on behalf of its community, Council must put forward the views it is hearing and as such it is Council’s expectation that the Government will consider this position as representative of our City.
At its meeting on 23 February 2021, Council resolved to support the option of a ‘rail under’ solution because it:
- achieves the project purpose of grade separation
- has low visibility/visual impact
- prevents issues of over-looking
- provides potential redevelopment opportunities in line with the State Government’s 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide
- does not impose significant limitations on future road management options as needs change
- prevents negative financial impacts on Council in relation to maintaining open space created by a ‘rail over’ solution
- provides an opportunity to improve the visual appeal of Brighton Road with landscaping, better connectivity and consolidation of interface between rail/residential and retail landholders.
Council also requests that in implementing a ‘rail under’ solution, property acquisitions be minimised via options such as shuttle buses to transport passengers between Brighton and Oakland stations, rather than building a temporary track diversion.
Council strongly recommends that the State Government considers the impacts of any proposed design on the character of the City and requests that relevant officers work closely with Council and the community to ensure whichever solution is selected creates a net benefit for the City.
This infrastructure will have an impact on our community for generations, therefore it is important it is done right. As such Council is committed to advocating for a fair and positive outcome for our City and our communities, and we look forward to working more closely with the State Government on the next stages of the project.