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Council need to make plans to get city moving - Adelaide

By Alice Higgins, The Advertiser
Adelaide Railway Station

The maze of train tracks near the Adelaide Train Station. Picture: Tait Schmaal Source: The Advertiser

 

FACED with a growing residential population and increasing density, Adelaide City Council needed a blueprint to guide traffic movement before motorists choked the streets.

A sweeping 10-year plan released today will deliver eight outcomes, including improved public transport, safer pedestrian routes, slowing traffic and reducing commuter reliance on cars.

Over the next decade, Adelaide City Council will spend hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars turning car-dominated streets into pedestrian and cycling-friendly environments.

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood says the State Government's 30-Year Plan had prompted the City Council to produce the blueprint before commuter chaos ruled the roads.

"This is wholly and solely focused on bringing more people into the city," Mr Yarwood says.

"We have got to go from 200,000 people in the CBD every day to 300,000 people every day.

"We are seeing significant growth in the number of people coming into the city and we need to tap into that by providing the best possible accessibility and transport."

In 2000, the city council endorsed its Integrated Movement Strategy which outlined goals to improve access into the city.

But nine years later, the city council called for a review of the strategy. A draft of the document was released earlier this year before the plan was publicly released for consultation.

Ratepayers, community groups, State Government departments and industry heavyweights had their say before city council staff put the finishing touches on the 10-year blueprint.

Mr Yarwood says the plan aims to provide city commuters with a range of transport options.

"The more choices there are, the easier it will be for everyone to get in and out of the city every single day," Mr Yarwood says.

"If 10 per cent more people use buses and 10 per cent more people use bicycles, that is 20 per cent less cars in your way when you want to access the city."

The Lord Mayor adds the plan will be used to shape future budgets.

CAR PARKING

Car parking is set to become more costly for motorists as the Adelaide City Council prioritises cyclists, pedestrians and public transport.

It plans to charge for on-street car parking in high demand areas including North Tce and Victoria Square.
It will also look to introduce an off-street car parking levy with the revenue being invested in pedestrian, cycling and public transport infrastructure.

Parking inspectors will be better equipped to track down motorists who exceed time limits with the introduction of in-ground sensors.

The sensors will send an alert to parking inspectors when a motorist has exceeded the allocated time limit.
By 2022, new technology will allow motorists to pay for car parking by credit card and mobile phone.

DRIVERS / TRAFFIC CALMING

Motorists can expect a slower drive to work with plans to slash the city speed limit by 2022.

The speed limit on streets in the square mile will drop to 40km/h while roads which dissect the parklands, including West Tce, will become 50km/h.

The width of car lanes will be modified to encourage reduced speeds while creating more space for footpaths and bike lanes.

People who commute into the CBD on motorcycles and scooters will be better catered for with increased parking, especially around universities and schools.

The city council will install charging points for electric cars to encourage motorists to invest in low-emission vehicles.

PEDESTRIANS

Walking through the city will be safer, easier and quicker for pedestrians.

North-south pedestrian connections linking the riverbank precinct with South Tce will be strengthened and a raft of laneways will be upgraded.

Footpaths in side streets and laneways will be widened to a minimum of two metres.

Infrastructure which clutters footpaths will be removed where possible.

The amount of time pedestrians have to wait to cross intersections will be reduced to less than 90 seconds and countdown signals will be introduced.

Median refuges will be built in streets with four or more car lanes and more public seating will be provided on footpaths.

Drinking fountains, public toilets and wi-fi will be provided in major public spaces.

BUSES

A proposal to build a public transport interchange will cater for more than 90 per cent of bus services into the city.

The city council will work with the Government to establish an interchange by prioritising buses on North Tce and King William St while better developing Currie St and Grenfell St into a major bus transit route.

An extra 15km of priority bus lanes will be introduced over the next decade to slash commuter travelling times.
Touch screen kiosks and mobile phone technology will allow commuters access to real-time information at bus stops.

Stops will also be upgraded with better lighting, footpaths, seating, shelter and information stands.

The city council will call for the Government to introduce a low-fare scheme for bus trips in the city, low-emission buses and more frequent bus services.

TRAINS AND TRAMS

A city tram loop, an underground train link and mass transit routes will make Adelaide's public transport system more efficient than ever.

An underground train link is proposed to run underneath Grote St and Victoria Square through to Pulteney St and North Tce.

It will connect the northern and southern train lines and bring trains into the heart of the city.

Mass transit routes will link the city with Norwood, Prospect and Henley Beach and extra Park `n' Ride facilities will be built on the city fringe.

Commuters will be able to access real-time information at tram stops and the Adelaide Railway Station through touch screen kiosks and mobile phone technology.

They will also feature extra bike parking and storage facilities.

CYCLISTS

Cycling to the city will be made safer and easier as the city council works to double the number of commuters cycling into the CBD over the next decade.

It will complete 10km of separated bike lanes by 2022.

An elaborate network of bike paths will link the city with suburbs including Magill, Norwood, Unley, Adelaide Airport, Henley Beach and Prospect.

Two "greenway" bike paths - along tram or train lines - will link the city with Outer Harbor and Gawler.

Better facilities for cyclists such as bike parking, storage, change rooms and showers will be built at bus and tram stops, and the railway station to encourage more cycling.

Separated bike paths will be developed on several roads through the parklands.

Education campaigns will be developed to raise awareness of cycling.

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Dated - 20.11.2012

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