media release

Pedestrian crossing in full stride

The Marshall Liberal Government and the City of Adelaide have partnered to deliver new and upgraded pedestrian crossings at the West Terrace / Currie Street / Glover Avenue intersection to improve safety and access to Adelaide High School and the new City Skate Park.

At present, Adelaide High School students and other people are waiting on a small pedestrian island which does not provide adequate room for peak pedestrian use, making it unsafe for students and other pedestrians crossing the intersection.

The proposed works would see;

• The installation of a new pedestrian crosswalk at the northern side of the intersection:
• The removal of the left-turn slip lane and installation of a signalised left hand turn from West Terrace into Currie Street;
• Installing new Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant kerb ramps;
• Installing a section of bicycle lane on Currie Street; and,
• Widening pedestrian cross walks at the intersection.

The State Government and the City of Adelaide will each provide 50 per cent funding for a project that will provide safer access to Adelaide High School and the Park Lands

“The safety of these Adelaide High School students and other pedestrians is a priority for the Marshall Liberal Government,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“This a precarious intersection for pedestrians during peak hour, especially for the students who use this crossing to get to school every morning.

“That’s why the Marshall Government is partnering with the City of Adelaide to upgrade existing crossings and install new crossings, to help keep pedestrians safe.”

Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson welcomed the announcement which will improve the safety of pedestrians, particularly school students.

“As a member of the Adelaide High School governing council for the past nine years, I am well aware of the long-held safety concerns and several near misses experienced by students crossing West Terrace,” said Minister for Child Protection and Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson.

“These safety concerns were ignored for years by the former Labor government and I am proud to be part of a Liberal Government that has allocated money for this much needed upgrade that will ultimately keep students safe.

“This will also benefit users of the new City Skate Park announced by the Liberal Government this week, another failure to act by the former Labor Government who made many announcements but often failed to deliver.”

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said Council is acutely aware of Adelaide High School’s concerns and have strongly advocated on the school’s behalf for Federal Government funding.

“The reality is we’ve been unsuccessful in gaining Federal Government funding, so we are delighted the Marshall Government has stepped in to help Council make vital safety and access improvements to this intersection,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Once again I thank Minister Knoll for his support and Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson for identifying the urgent need for this funding and for taking decisive action.

“This financial commitment comes at an ideal time as we plan for the City Skate Park build at Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga / Park 25 and Council will quickly get to work on these safety and access improvements.”