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Thanks for your work. It has struck me in the past that part of the problem on Brighton Road seems to be that when a bus stops at a stop it blocks one of the two lanes, and particularly around school times, buses can stop for quite a long time. Perhaps some bays to get the buses out of the left-hand lane when they stop would help?
I am a huge supporter of many of your initiatives however I must challenge you on one of your proposed recommendations here.
Please Please Please do not consider deterring all heavy quarry vehicles away from Brighton Rd by re-routing them up to the top of Lonsdale Hwy then onto Majors Rd.
Majors Road is in terrible condition and one of THE worst roads for driver safety. Hallett Cove and Trott Park residents who commute northbound and to/from the City each day surely have had enough of the state of Majors Rd. You’ve got to remember that we’ve had a truly raw deal with roads of recent years.
Hallett Cove and Trott Park taxpayers receive no benefit from the Southern Expressway (unless heading south), and for a substantial period during the Expressway transition, were forced to detour through Sheidow Park whilst Majors Rd was closed for bridge works. We understand the reasons for this.
But why oh why wasn’t Majors Rd repaired when this road was closed? Instead we are forced to drive on a road with so many undulations that is abundantly clear are unsafe for motorists and cyclists. You have no idea how many times I have seen trucks and trailers almost lose their loads hitting these dangerous pits and dips in this road. The Emergency Services on Majors Rd must be well aware of this too.
I invite you to take a drive east and westbound on Majors Rd at night. You will find your car bounce around and veer in a number of spots.
So if there are no plans to upgrade Majors Rd, then please minimise the risk of further road damage and the compromised safety of road users by withdrawing your suggestion to re-route heavy vehicles onto this already sub-standard road.
Alternatively (and preferrably) can you please campaign to fix Majors Road?
Hi Joe. Thank you for your comments. I couldn’t agree more regarding the terrible condition of Majors Road and this is something Shadow Transport Minister, Corey Wingard and I are putting pressure on the government to fix. I believe the poor state of this road was exacerbated during works on the expressway duplication and I too cannot believe they didn’t rectify this while the road was still closed! I agree that Majors Road is currently in an unsuitable state for large trucks, but I also think Lonsdale Road and Brighton Road are in equally poor condition for heavy vehicles. It certainly did not come as a surprise to me when it was revealed recently that the state government has a $1 billion road maintenance backlog! We are experiencing the effects of this every single day. I maintain that rerouting trucks onto South Road is a good option from a traffic management point of view, but Majors Road definitely requires resurfacing in order for this to be viable option.
Received you Fix Brighton Road newsletter and couldn’t agree more with you regarding the development of a haul road – this is a fundamental part in helping the flow of traffic and in keeping with the amenity of the area.
Another spot that needs addressing is the intersection of Brighton and Seacombe roads, where traffic turning left off Seacombe road literally stop in the merging lane to turn right into Wheatsheaf, thereby stopping the flow of traffic.
Hi Peter. You are right – the intersection of Brighton Road and Seacombe Road is a debacle. I have written to the Minister about this a couple of times, most recently two weeks ago. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will supply you with a copy of the letter and also, when I receive a response from the Minister, I can update you.
I would like to see a comprehensive transport plan for Adelaide be done.
Brighton Road is an important element in the transport infrastructure of Adelaide but there are many other components and services that are relevant.
Many of the transport initiatives that have been carried out seem to be politically motivated attempts to patch up defects in our transport systems.
When spending huge amounts of money, alternatives and cost benefits should be properly assessed. Community input is important and it would be useful to use a structured process for this.
Hi John. Thanks for your comments. I couldn’t agree more with what you are saying! Transport and infrastructure initiatives should be independently assessed on their merits and engagement/community input is key to this process.
Congratulations on a great first year.
Regarding Brighton Rd, the access on and off needs to be considered.
The intersection of Edward St and Brighton Rd is a problem because there are no lanes marked on Edward St. This means that selfish or ignorant drivers often use the whole road when waiting to turn right into Brighton Rd preventing those who want to turn left to do so. If the road is too narrow for two lanes it would be very easy to widen it slightly on the northern side.
The intersection of The Crescent (near the railway line) at Hove is a wasted opportunity. A “turn left at any time with care” would enable ready exit onto Brighton Rd. As it is, cars divert past the school to avoid the lights.
The phasing of the lights on that intersection is terrible and the wait is so long people just avoid it. Likewise turning FROM Brighton Rd into The Crescent takes forever due to the long wait for a green arrow. Cut out the red arrow so we can turn right at and cut congestion and frustration.
Hi Bob. Regarding Edward Street line markings, I have recently written to the council advocating for this as I agree that it is necessary to improve traffic flow in this area. The intersection of Brighton Road and the Crescent does cause issues and frustration. I have spoken to the government regarding this and they seem set on having the red light at this location as apparently there has been a large number of accidents.
David, are you aware when the Brighton Road / Pier Street intersection will be upgraded? It was my understanding that this would occur when ability to do a right hand turn from Augusta Street onto Brighton Road was removed. In peak afternoon hours the traffic on Pier Street banks up right back to Partridge street, causing time delays. Parking & the Pine trees on the northern side of Pier street need to be removed to facilitate 2 lanes exiting onto Brighton Road. Based on the plans I was shown several years ago This was due to happen, but it hasn’t.
Hi Craig, thanks for your message. This is actually just outside of my electorate, but I’m happy to look into it via Duncan McFetridge’s office (he’s the MP for the Glenelg-based seat of Morphett), and get back to you.
Hi Craig, I have looked into the Brighton Road/Pier Street intersection and, as far as I can tell, there isn’t a plan for it to be upgraded. I am wondering what plans you saw? I have definitely heard from others that this intersection is a nightmare. According to the information I have received, Augusta Street modifications were to be made in isolation and weren’t related to the Pier Street intersection. I also checked the Brighton Road Draft Management Plan to see if there was anything contained there regarding this intersection (bearing in mind that when this document was published, The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure highlighted that these recommendations were unfunded), but none of the recommendations in this document seemed to relate to Pier Street traffic.
I agree that the cause of much of the deterioration of Brighton Road has occurred with increased us by trucks. This seemed to develop from when majors Road was closed with the Southern Expressway renewal. I support any attempts to get trucks to use an alternative route as suggested. Perhaps signage to this effect at appropriate points would help educate and encourage trucks to change their current approach? Limiting the weight of trucks allowed on Brighton Road may also help. There are some shocking potholes around the Honda dealership area too.
I have had several discussions with Boral (the quarry operators), the state government and councils regarding the development of a haul road to take trucks south of the quarry and onto Majors Road to South Road. I think this is definitely the best option and I’m hopeful of progress on this sooner rather than later.
You will see my separate comment on this suggestion of yours.
Re-routing heavy quarry vehicles onto Majors Rd cannot be considered without first addressing the condition of Majors Rd.
Otherwise you are simply shifting the problem away from Brighton residents and onto those in Hallett Cove and Trott Park who use Majors Rd as their main thoroughfare to get to/from South Rd.
Considering the investment of a North-South corridor, I can see Majors Rd being used increasingly more as the major arterial link to Hallett Cove/ Trott Park in the future, moreso than using Brighton Rd.
I’m pretty confident that you’ll have more than just my support if you campaign to fixing the condition of both Majors Rd and Lonsdale Hwy.
Please, no more lights through Brighton area. Already there are 5 sets in 1 kilometre from the Hove Level Crossing to Foodland at South Brighton, including 2 pedestrian crossings! At the Hove level crossing these are really two sets combined with a pedestian crossing. There should be no road traffic lights there to stop road traffic on Brighton Road. Even when the trains were not running last year the traffic was banked up badly on Brighton Road during peak times suggesting that it was not merely the trains which were the problem. The trains now have added to the chaos. Drivers need to detour to the present lights if they are not confident to pull out in traffic. Difficult I know, but think of the greater good for traffic flow. I add that I live in the local area don’t just drive through wanting a smooth traffic flow.
To achieve good traffic flow on ALL metropolitan major corridors, car parking should not be permitted.
Brighton road and many other major roads through the southern area are deteriorating badly suggesting they were constructed on the cheap many years ago. The road engineers probably did not consider that today’s commercial road trucks and other transport would be of such a size and weight that the roads would just crumble as they are doing. Even the Southern Freeway presumably well built 25 years ago is crumbling in parts.
In my view there are definitely enough sets of traffic lights dicing Brighton Road and impeding efficient traffic flow. If more lights are required, they will have to come at the expense of existing lights. I believe there are opportunities to consolidate some lights and I’m in discussions with council and the Transport Department about these options.
Just checking if there is any chance of the lights going in on Edwards Street/ Brighton Rd corner this year? In the meantime maybe some line marking on Edwards St and possibly no right turn restrictions onto Brighton Rd from Edwards St would be good. I see so many near misses everyday.
Hi Sarah, the council are awaiting the decision on the Hungry Jacks (still pending) before any plans for the future of the Edwards Street/Brighton Road intersection are progressed. I received an update from them a couple of days ago on this front. I have also asked that the council look at line markings on Edwards Street. I’ll keep you updated with the correspondence I receive back.
My wife and I have just had a night of ludicrous noise and glaring light show while night works progress along the southern end of Brighton Road.
He vibration and noise traveled throughout our home and didn’t stop until 3.45am
To say are annoyed would be an understatement
We both got little sleep and both have to
commute to work in a zombie state.
This is totally unacceptable – surely I not the only one who feels this way?
If the idiots who make these decisions want to continue with future night works on this road then I suggest we start a campaign to have complimentary accommodation for the affected residents
Don’t get me started on the stupid bike lane
The Council has allowed building work on the block of land beside the railway line on Brighton Road. Surely this will upset any future plans for an over or underpass of the railway line? Any new development on the site of the old RSL would likely have a similar consequence?
Yes, get the bikes off the already dangerous Brighton Road. Promote King George Ave and the Esplanade and restrict them to single file and to the Esplanade bike/pedestrian track
I agree with this comment and am shocked that the type of use for this site as an early learning centre will necessitate more traffic in a congested area
Yes, this was unfortunately a local planning decision which I’m not sure was ideal for the site. I’m told that the site isn’t required for an overpass, which also surprised me.
Hi Leigh, yes it didn’t seem to make much sense to me… but I’ve been assured that the empty block on the west side of Brighton Road isn’t needed for any future grade separation – let’s hope this isn’t the case! As for the bike lane, I couldn’t agree more.
There certainly are many issues surrounding Brighton Road and it is indeed be a mighty task that you have taken on. I wish you all the best in your efforts to resolve these issues while keeping all parties happy!
My question is about public transport, and more particularly bus services. I understand that there is already heavy bus traffic on Brighton Road, but I am annoyed that there is no bus service that links Hallett Cove and Glenelg. My children attend schools on or near Brighton Road but they must take two buses to get to either Marymount College or Sacred Heart Senior School fom our home in Hallett Cove.
I do not have facts to support my claim, but I would suggest that there would be more than enough children from Hallett Cove/Sheidow Park/Trott Park that attend either Marymount, Sacred Heart or Brighton High and who would benefit freatly from such a service.
Aside from the schooling aspect, I believe it would be a terrific boost to local tourism for local residents to be able to travel to Glenelg and back without having to use two buses or a combination of bus/train or bus/tram.
There are many daily bus services between Hallett Cove and Flinders Medical Centre/Flinders University which is excellent, but I cannot understand why there is no bus service to Glenelg whatsoever.
Rail way crossing @ Brighton (& Oakland’s)
Rail traffic has priority which is exacerbating the Brighton road congestion. As when a train approaches the crossing it triggers the signals and stops the traffic as you would expect. The problem is the train then stops at the station to allow passengers on and off before proceeding through the crossing there by increasing the length of time the traffic are stoped.
My understanding is prior to the upgrade of the line the old signalling system allowed the train to arrive at the station let passenger’s on and off them move forward to the end of the platform trigging the crossing to close minimising the delay to traffic. The platform should have been moved to the other side of the crossing during the upgrade. Or at the very least maintaining the efficiencies of the old system if not improving them as opposed to being less efficient.
While we would all like to see some sort of under pass the cost of fixing the signalling system is quick and relative inexpensive
Rail way signals
I agree! Why aren’t these obvious traffic management matters better dealt with by people who get well paid to do this sort of thinking?
I understand that at the time of construction of Ocean Boulevard all conduits for eventual traffic lights were embedded in the roadway so surely it would not be too expensive to install lights now. Lights would provide more and larger ‘breaks’ in what is now an almost solid stream of traffic during peak hours. The draft management plan lists lights at Scholefield Rd intersection as ‘low priority’ By who’s reckoning I wonder?
The intersection of Brighton Road and Scholefield Road is very difficult to negotiate, particularly if turning right to head in a southerly direction. During peak traffic times it is not unusual to sit for in excess of 5 minutes waiting for a break in the traffic flow. Traffic lights are desperately needed at this intersection.
What a total ‘con’ of an excuse to make the road a ‘clearway’ at times. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with cycles at all.
I am also totally disgusted with the Department of Transport and Infrastructure. I kindly pointed out to them, when the very first letter was delivered, that they ‘wrongly’ stated the proposal would terminated at ‘Seacliff’. However, they actually meant the complete different suburb of ‘Seacliff Park’ in a different Council area. That obviously ‘fell on deaf ears’ as the subsequent letters also had the same error.
We all like progress and better infrastructure, however, using our tax payer money for sending out incorrect information multiple times, regarding unwanted, unwarranted and impractical cycle lanes, rather than make the road safer by filling in the potholes, resurfacing all the cracked up areas, lifting the drains, flattening out the ruts etc. etc. is unforgivable!
I now fear the tremendous safety issues, especially at the junctions – where the cycle lanes just disappear – then reappear. “Bicycle lanes provide a safer environment for cyclists by separating motor vehicle traffic from bicycle traffic”. Obviously, these cycle lanes and segregation is not ALWAYS important like at junctions when it is a ‘free for all’ or do cycles just disappear and reappear after the junction? It is totally confusing everyone on the road.
Yes agree bike lane dangerous on such a congested road.
Want to raise issue of Scholefield Rd. Brighton Rd. intersection. It is very problematic turning right out of Scholefield in peak morning traffic and getting into it in peak eveing traffic;times too on weekends when volume of traffic on Brighton Rd makes it difficult. I have been using the Cove Rd instead in morning as it gets dangerous trying to dive across in a moment when there is break in traffic.
Whoever suggested and or planned a bike lane for Brighton Road should be out of a job!! Utter madness and a catastrophe waiting to happen. Add to that the heavy vehicles bowling down Ocean Boulevard, only metres away from Seacliff Primary School, on a road surface that is nothing short of disgraceful and the possible disastrous outcome needs no vivid imagination.
The stretch of Brighton road from hove to South Brighton must be one of the ugliest in Adelaide. We need some trees to beautify this street. The plane trees flourishing along major thoroughfares like Marion raid and cross road provide a good model for what could be achieved.
I agree with many of the comments and suggestions already put forward fro Brighton Road. It is so congested in the mornings and evenings at peak hour sometimes it ca take 5-10 minutes just to make a left hand turn onto Brighton Road in the mornings heading into the city… I hate to think how long it would take to turn right. I would categorically against a bike lane on Brighton Road. The road is too congested already and this will cause more congestion and would be unsafe for bike riders. I am a bike rider and I do not ride on Brighton Road,it is to dangerous, if I want to get to the city I use King George Avenue.
My suggestions are
1. Widen Brighton Road.
2. Put in a clearway at peak times NOT a bikeway.
3. Build an overpass at Hove railway crossing.
4. promote the bikeway that already exists on King George Avenue.
I drive on Brighton Road, North and South, frequently. The road conditions between Somerton and Glenelg are appalling. They may not cause accidents but they are surely damaging our cars. There seem to be ‘Road Works’ going on often but no work being done on the roads! Work is being done on curbing and pathways.
We were one of the cars heading south. Took 20/25 mins to get from Oaklands Rd corner to Highett Ave (Brighton Oval) Why not make Brighton Rd clearway for the suggested bike lane hours and not let the minority win again. There are already bike lanes along King George Ave and Esplanade that are abused by cyclists. If/when bike lanes are put in would be very interesting to do a count as to how many cyclists actually use them on daily. It is a priority that Oaklands Rail Crossing gets priority in this area.
I have just driven nothbound on Brighton Rd from Sturt Rd to Jetty Rd, Glenelg (4pm 15/08/14)and the opposite south bound traffic was bumper to bumper the whole way. The train line definitely needs to go under Brighton Rd.
Pedestrian overpasses would be helpful to traffic but may prove difficult for the elderly. However,it would be very good exercise for school students, although the cost would be hard to justify.
While I agree with all the comments made, one big problem that makes the situation worse is the constant lane closures due to road works. I can’t recall the last time that it was possible to drive from Anzac Highway to the top of Brighton Road without lane closures and/or road works.
Of course bike lanes are not going to improve anything. While I’m not anti-bikes, I much prefer the back streets than place myself at risk on Brighton Road. To be effective, bicycle lanes need to be physically separated from where the motor vehicles drive along.
From my own experience of living on Brighton twice in my life, I can assure everyone that it is not, and never has been, wide enough for the traffic it carries. It has already been widened a few decades ago. Because of the amount of traffic using the road, it is dangerous for cyclists, and recently I have seen a couple of near misses. There is a cycle path from Hallett Cove to Glenelg which is well used 7 days a week, and I don’t see the point of creating another one, when the existing path is much safer. Also the footpath is not wide enough for both pedestrians and cyclists and shoppers have to park somewhere, otherwise traders will go out of business.
The condition of Brighton Road is disgusting and it’s largely due to the volume of heavy transport using it. The road was clearly never constructed to take this load volume. The first and most urgent requirement for Brighton Road therefore is a complete re-seal, but one which caters for heavy traffic and not just light vehicles as at present – if the heavy transport currently dominating its use is to continue. Brighton Road should never have the heavy transport it does, particularly at peak or near peak periods.
A couple of practical things which would make a difference to Brighton Rd are:
1. No parking during peak times. Ie. 7 – 9am and 4.30 – 6.30pm. Parking is a real problem and slows traffic flow considerably.
2. Installing slip lanes at bus stops. Again when buses stop they effectively stop traffic in one lane which is frustrating.
The bottom line is Brighton Rd is now a major arterial road and should be managed as such.
An overpass at Hove crossing is a long way off but must be persevered with. In meantime better synchronisation of crossing closing with nearby traffic lights, such as Sturt Road and Jetty Road.
Biggest current problem, though, is state of Brighton Road surface, some parts are like a battlefield. Resurfacing should be tacked now, right now. alan lawrie
I too am vehemently against a bike lane on Brighton Rd,for the obvious danger it would present to all concern.
A study (I cannot recall the source-maybe Quantum-ABC TV) was conducted a few years back that showed bike riders were absorbing the most toxic fumes in the commute to work. The esplanade/King George route offers a safer, less toxic and more scenic route for riders.
Even though it’s a major arterial route, there’s no reason why Brighton Road has to look so tired or neglected. The amount of graffiti and litter and general disrepair do not encourage future business investment. Recent modern upgrades to Anzac Highway and South Rd show what can be done if funding is available, and that is going to be the main issue. As stated in other comments, too much heavy traffic, too many traffic light operated crossing points add to the traffic flow problems, at peak hours particularly. I believe, the installation of bike lanes of any form are a distraction at this point until a major plan and funding are available to sort this roads issues. Cyclists I have spoken to believe in its current state, you will be taking your life in your hands cycling along Brighton Rd, bike lanes or not. There is no quick fix and I have no doubt this discussion will be ongoing for years, but something must be done to stop the rot for the future.
No parking at any time on Brighton Rd.
Allow bicycles to use the under-used footpath – maybe with white lines painted to separate the rare pedestrian from the cyclists.
You seek input concerning Brighton Road & I offer my thoughts.
I had a business at South Brighton, on Brighton Road for 41 years from 1966 & have seen changes beyond imagination to the road by way of traffic movement & surface conditions. With southern development the amount of traffic has changed enormously & possibly while the Southern Expressway has been reconstructed many more vehicles have been forced to use Brighton Road. Perhaps now there may be lessening of numbers.
However, I with to point out to you that in the mid-60’s Brighton Road was realigned to accommodate the South West drainage scheme & widening. Every property frontage that was not already realigned to the new plan was made to have their property ‘moved back’ a few metres. Only two successfully challenged the order, the Holdfast & Brighton Hotels & as a result there cannot be a clearway situation nor a cycle track in front of these establishments without deleting a vehicular lane.
The most adequate cycle lane running on the western side of Brighton is excellent but one on Brighton Road would be dangerous to everyone & detrimental to business.
The surface is a disgrace & is in urgent need of upgrade in it’s entirety. A study must be made into the Hove crossing to ease traffic flow but I am realistic in my view that this is a long way off.
I ask you do everything possible to ‘fix the mess’ of Brighton Road from south to north as well as have the cycle lane plans thrown out.
The Hove and Oaklands rail crossings need to be overpasses or underpasses. A pedestrian crossing was just installed opposite Hove Foodland this should have been a pedestrian overpass which does not stop traffic flow. Brighton Foodland and Seacliff Primary school pedestrian crossings should be overpasses to keep traffic moving. In the Primary School’s case to prevent trucks from careering through a red light and hitting children.
Lots of good ideas most of which will take a long time to happen if at all.
Certainly an on and off ramp at Majors Rd should have been done and that will probably happen in the long term.
Other long term solutions will be pedestrian underpasses or overpasses at Hove and the 2 Brighton supermarkets.
In the short term though there are a couple of simple things that would improve the traffic flow considerably.
Tram and train crossing lights need to be synchronised with the arrival of the train or tram.
Since the upgrade of the train line the timing of the lights is way out compared to before the upgrade.
This has resulted in long queues at ALL train level crossings – especially Diagonal/ Morphett Rd and Brighton Rd.
Much worse than before.
I have seen many times that the boom gates are down and the train has not even arrived at the station. Then it stops at the station and eventually moves through the crossing much to the frustration of all concerned.
This should be a very simple thing to fix up as I have not seen this timing so bad anywhere else in Aust or overseas.
One other thing that would help the Brighton Rd crossing is to close off the Addison road / Brighton Rd intersection.
There are times all the traffic has to stop for those lights and there is either no cars or only a couple of cars waiting to come off Addison Rd.
That intersection is absolutely not necessary and causes delays that can be avoided by cars using other roads to access Brighton Rd.
That’s a start!
The trains are the problem. Peak every 7.5 minutes off peak every 15 minutes that double what it used to be – who cares if people on trains sail through the delays at road crossings- take it back to the old time tables
The trains take ages to cross after signals start surely with the green light clearances for trains this time setting can be shortened.
put stations across the crossings – not before like the trams but this no brainer is probably too late for Morphett road but could work at HOVE crossing as it is a tiny -poor station now
King George avenue becoming unsafe with huge bypass of Brighton road grid lock at peak hours.
Monday 4th Aug 5pm cars backed at snail pace from Hove crossing to Anzac Highwayay ….not uncommon now
Thoroughly agree with the idea of opening Morphett Road to provide an alternate route to Brighton road.
Fixing the numerous potholes are paramount not only on Brighton Road but most Adelaide roads in particular Oaklands Road, Marion Road & Richmond Roads.
Thoroughly agree with the comment re opening of Morphett Road to provide an alternate route to Brighton Road.
Fixing the numerous potholes is paramount but this applies to most Adelaide roads in particular Oaklands Road, RIchmond Road, Marion Road.
Hove crossing does need to be changed but a railway overpass is not the solution. The impact on the local residents would be extremely negative. The removal of the trees along the track 3 years ago was bad enough. The only viable solutions would be either Brighton Rd going over via an overpass (South Rd at Emerson crossing) or the train under the road (Victoria Ave Goodwood),
Another factor is the poor design of the extended lanes for turning right onto Anzac Highway. A long term solution is need to make access to Anzac Highway more efficient (overpass?.
The government needs to bite the bullet, close Brighton Road section by section and re-surface it. It is a disgrace and having lived interstate for a number of years plus widely travelled overseas we could not believe upon our return, the dangerous condition of a major thoroughfare!
Having rail crossings over a major arterial road is archaic in a city. Anyone who has been to Brisbane can see what progress they have made in going above or below rail lines on their roads. The other bottleneck on my drives are the intersections with Diagonal Road, Jetty Road, Glenelg and Anzac Hwy. I also totally agree the surface of Brighton road is poor. I also do not agree with Bike Lanes at any time on Brighton Road as it is too narrow and too busy to add bikes also. Hope something can be done, Graham
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with me regarding your concerns with Brighton Road. I have previously written to the Hon. Stephen Mullighan MP, Minister for Transport, and have flagged with him the issues of traffic congestion, train crossings, the road surface and the proposed bicycle lane operating hours. I will continue to pursue all of these issues in state parliament and I will do my best to see that a solution becomes part of South Australia’s long-term infrastructure plans. Thanks again, David.
Congratulations on your success at the recent election. Unfortunately, though, you are not in government. I fear that you will have no success in having Brighton Road improved. Specifically, what is your wish for Brighton Road? Do you want it re-surfaced from Anzac Highway to Scholefield Road? This won’t happen under a Labor Government. Do you want the road widened to 3 lanes each way? This won’t happen. You will not reduce traffic volume until the Oaklands rail crossing is more considerate towards motor vehicle traffic. At the moment, there can be 500 cars held up for a handful of train passengers. Boom gates are down for longer than necessary. I will bet that in 4 years’ time, Brighton Road will be exactly what it is now, but with more traffic.
You have clearly identified the aspects of Brighton Road that need to be addressed. Safety of course is the highest priority. To that end a safe road surface is paramount. There are several locations where the surface is extremely dangerous, the Seacliff hill being one of these, due to the incline and extra need for traction. Those sections should be repaired even before any road engineering is commenced, whereas other sections could wait until road engineering is done. Third party professional consultation should be ongoing for roads such as this.
Secondly there are some shocking intersections where traffic turning right onto the main road has little or no central ‘cutaways’ for safe negotiation. One of the worst is the very busy Edwards Street intersection at Brighton. Lights are mandatory here, especially if we are to be blessed by the proposed Hungry Jacks . Another case is at Broadway.
The Scholefield Road intersection cutaways are also insufficient, particularly the one for southbound traffic turning into Scholefield Rd where the cutaway fills at peak periods restricting general traffic flow. Lights are also mandatory ASAP at this intersection which has a high accident rate.
A review of trees at the upper end of Brighton Road is needed, as the gums are most ill-conceived due to the inevitable periodic loss of branches. This will increase as the trees eventually age with great risk to life and limb due to traffic density. Sir Donald Bradman Drive could well be used as a model for streetscaping.
The general flow of traffic is a most complex issue. It’s true that a Hove grade-separated crossing cannot solve the problem if there is no ‘whole of region’ solution. Morphett Rd and Majors Rd come into the equation but traffic light cycles at intersections such as Oaklands Road, Whyte Street, Sturt Road and Jetty Road need to be adjusted to give inflowing traffic much less priority over mainstream. A strategy of fewer light cycles produces more seconds of mainstream traffic flow. Secondly much of this inflowing traffic could be diverted if directional signage were placed at locations such as Seacombe Road intersection and the Diagonal Rd-Oaklands Rd intersection to indicate where better or more direct route options are available to motorists going to Glenelg, Marion and the beachside areas.
Lights at Edward Street could take more traffic from Jetty Road which would find its way to Edwards Street along the train line. The whole system of pedestrian and intersection lights along Brighton Rd could be better synchronised by the Traffic Management centre, according with the varying flows. More synchronised lights means more traffic is able to flow into the mainstream per light cycle, provided there are no bottle neck build-ups to prevent this inflow. The light cycles should be variable, for example to allow for turning right at any time durng off-peak periods.
The last major bottleneck area along the route is the Anzac Hwy intersection. Far more priority needs to be given to north-south flows and to traffic heading into the city from Brighton Road. Two ‘turn right’ lanes for northbound traffic are certainly needed here with longer shares of the light cycle.
Ultimately the principle for clearing these jams is to have fewer light cycles but far more area for traffic lanes at those intersections to ensure that the flows are at a maximum for each phase of the cycle. The closeness of the tramline to the large intersections at Marion Rd, Morphett Rd and Brighton Rd is a real issue. Split level crossings should certainly be planned for the first two. In Sydney, one never crosses a railway line in the inner metropolitan areas nor many outer suburban areas.
At Brighton Rd, Glenelg, there is a case for a tram shuttle at peak periods so that those passengers travelling to and from the stops in Jetty Rd take a shuttle to and from a peak period terminus at Brighton Rd. Alternatively, a moving walkway would be a good long term option that would have a multiplicity of benefits. This would open the crossing at Brighton Rd to traffic for longer.
Lights at Broadway could also spread the inflows to Brighton Rd away from Jetty Rd and Pier Street and, once again, the additional lights would need proper synchronising. Generally speaking, too much traffic is going where it need not go. This is unnecessary inefficiency. Driver education, as a starting point, is badly needed here in all the Brighton Rd precincts. There is no point in over-catering with engineering before road users are fully educated on the most satisfactory means for going from A to B. This education must certainly be underpinned by far more intelligent and thorough directional road signage in a five kilometres radius of bottlenecks.
Higher densities of living in Glenelg have not been matched with corresponding road planning and traffic management.
On the subject of the ambience of Brighton Rd, the village of Brighton is undoubtedly the worst presented of the high profile suburbs around Adelaide. It’s pitiful. Leaves need to be taken out of the Norwood Parade, King William Road and Unley Road books to name just a few, to lift the appeal of the suburb. Real estate and corresponding rates in the area are, after all, comparable in value to those in these other locations. A different level of planning is clearly needed to move away from piecemeal planning and approval of structures that have obviously been the modus operandi for decades.
Perhaps we could also consider a renaming of Brighton to ‘Speirs’ after the successful completion of this project that should have commenced in the 1960s when I was a teenager. I hope I live to see the results!
I support your idea for lights at Edwards St as it is very difficult to turn right onto Brighton road during peak times.
Last year, I got 850 signatures in favour of moving the existing pedestrian lights outside the Brighton post office to Edwards St to cater for traffic and pedestrians. Although nothing was done and an elderly women tragically got hit by a car in this area, I still feel very strongly that something needs to be done at this intersection.
We lived on Ocean Boulevard (at the bottom) in 1984 and successfully won the side rd for residents.
At that time we took traffic statistics which clearly showed traffic was at maximum volume even then – now 30 years later. We also successfully achieved a ban on heavy trucks using Ocean Blvd in view of the school danger – this ban was some years later removed. We unsuccessfully campaigned for traffic lights at the junction with Schofield Rd – this is a major problem area. We moved to Marino.
David, I have lived on Brighton Rd twice in my lifeand it has always been a problem. The difficulty is the width. It was widened in the 50′s or 60′s last century and probably cannot be widened further without removing a lot of houses and businesses, so that won’t happen in the foreseeable future. The bike lane is not a good idea, for the same reason. There is a well used bike lane between Hallett Cove and Glenelg already – a much safer option. The only way the traffic will move more smoothly is probably overunder passes. With the obvious downside ……
Well, this question has stirred up some interest!
I hope you’ll take account of the benefits of the railway. Now it’s back in action, peak time trains are very full, hence removing many vehicles from the roads.
I think the best policy is to have a one major north/south highway, with no interchanges but good, logical access points so that Brighton Road is relieved of much of the current traffic.
However, policies to ensure that the road is NOT quickly backfilled by new commuters will also be necessary.
Ms Fox seems to have been pretty ineffective in her role, hope you can make a real difference.
About 150 Train crossings a week day is the real problem plus the heavy trucks and increased bus services -we have had promises since the Lonsdale highway was completed in the 70s. An overpass or underpass or a combination of both is the answer. I never thought Brighton would end up like an inner Sydney suburb but that is where we are now. And how about the Oaklands crossing. Chloe Fox stated a few years ago that the Government felt the Darlington upgrade would solve both problems.
What a joke
Please do NOT allow BIKE LANES to be placed on this road, this would quadruple the already impossible congestion. In fact Bikes should be banned from this thoroughfare, and made to use the facility on king George Ave.
And I note that the Labor Party member for Bright proposes a new pedestrian crossing on Brighton Road opposite the Hove Foodland. Typifies the unreality of Labor!
All constructive comments.
I believe Morphett Road wasn’t sealed at the top and made a thoroughfare because of objections from local residents.
There should be access from Majors Road to the Expressway; definitely an overpass at the Hove Railway crossing (and while we’re about it, either an over or underpass at Oaklands crossing.
Trying to get on to Brighton Road from Jetty Road (Brighton) at about 3:15 is a nightmare with traffic backed up to the Jetty Road railway crossing
General traffic flow and congestion is a real problem on weekdays from 2pm onwards and for some weekend events. This I feel is due mainly to the railway line sections and the need for an overpass.
Community discussion of the Brighton Road problems is essential. It will then be necessary to decide what should actually be done.
I hope that there would be prioritization of options based on community demand and also on a cost/benefit analysis as well as budget limitations.
My personal ideas for action are:
- convert Brighton Road to 6 lanes as a clearway.
- underpass or overpass for the rail crossing.
- reduce the use of school crossings by building pedestrian bridges.
Other roads in Adelaide suburbs are also suffering from under-capacity and need urgent action.
Public transport can take some traffic off the roads but in many cases it is inconvenient.
I would like to see Brighton Road return to a suburban feeder road. It is simply not safe for pedestrians, which is of great concern as there are a lot of elderly residents and children in our community. Using the pedestrian crossing adjacent to Brighton Secondary can feel like a game of chicken (especially with a pram!) with speeding vehicles ignoring the stop signals. I would also like to see the full length of Brighton Road become a “no parking” zone, as cars parked on the left side of the road seem to create an unnecessary hazard, particularly in peak hour.
Traffic has increased and one would hope that it may stabilise (decrease?) with the opening of the two way freeway. However increased use is to be expected anywhere I suppose. I would like to see heavy traffic restricted. Large semis do lots of damage to the road and are quite intimidating.
Btn Rd is very congested at traffic lights where you see near misses with heavy trucks often.
When the Lonsdale Highway was completed in the late 1970s the Dunstan government Minister of Transport, Geoff Virgo, promised “an overpass at the Hove crossing to keep the traffic flowing.”
ANOTHER Labor promise never fulfilled!
Thanks for the background Rex, I wasn’t aware that was the case – interesting to know!
Brighton Road is an absolute nightmare in peak hour traffic (not sure about other times through the day as I am at work). Trying to get from the Eastern side of Sturt Road, across Brighton Road to the Western side can take 15 minutes or more in the morning. The same can be said in the afternoon when trying to get back across Brighton Road from East to West. This is because even though the lights may be green to turn into Brighton Road, nobody can move forward because the traffic flow has stopped! An overpass at Hove crossing is the ONLY way this can be alleviated so that traffic flow can achieve a continuum.
Sorry , in above comment it should read ‘in the afternoon when trying to get back across Brighton Road from West to East’
Thanks for taking the time to have your say Jeanine. I have experienced the traffic nightmare on Brighton Road all too often!
So glad to hear someone talking about an underpass/overpass at Hove crossing. As a regular user of Brighton Rd, you notice the difference when the trains weren’t running, the improvement in traffic flow was great.
Brighton Rd is a disgrace, there isn’t a 100 metre stretch that isn’t pot hold or disintegrating.
Good luck on Saturday
Thanks Richard! There’s no doubt the road is in a state of neglected disrepair. Some of the solutions may be long-term, but unless we start talking about them and fighting for them, they’re going to be even further away! I look forward to getting my teeth into this issue if fortunate enough to be elected on Saturday.
I think strongly that there should be a childrens crossing of some king from the Brighton Road end of Stephenson Terrace South Brighton. The bus stop to schools are across the road, this is ver dangerous and I can just see an accident coming. I just think something needs to be looked at.
Thanks Susan, walking and cycling routes to schools definitely need to be looked at. When schools were built along Brighton Road, it was a fairly minor suburban road which didn’t go any further than Seacliff. Today it is greatly changed!
In order to properly fix Brighton Road, all major intersections along Brighton Road, Lonsdale Road and Ocean Boulevard need to be designallised and replaced with flyovers or underpasses. Speed limit from Clubhouse Road to Scholefield Road needs to be restored to 80km/h, and from Hallett Cove to Majors Road restored to 90km/h, as lower speeds restrict efficient traffic flow. All pedestrian crossing lights should be removed and replaced with subways or bridges. And of course the railway should be put underground. With large population shift towards the outer southern suburbs, traffic snarls will continue to worsen until a fast, efficient corridor is created to move traffic not serviced by the Expressway. The proposed development of the quarry at Marino should also be scrapped, along with any other residential development planned for the area. Green space should be preserved at all costs.
By the way, does anyone know that our current( and hopefully very soon former ) MLA has described Brighton Road as a ‘ simple suburban feeder road ‘ ? Hence why this road is in such deplorable repair amd suffering almost permanent gridlock.
Thanks Steve for your comments. Future development in the area (such as the Seacliff Park / Cement Hill site) may be useful catalysts to drive change on Brighton Road.
When South Road is upgraded as per the Liberals proposal, I believe Brighton Road should be returned to use for residential vehicles and area service vehicles only. All heavy through traffic should be mandatorily directed to South Road. This includes the hundreds of Boral Quarry truck movements daily (exception being if they are delivering locally), and other heavy trucks that transit between the Lonsdale Industrial area and greater Adelaide. The combination of the speed at which many of the trucks barrel down Brighton Road and the large number of senior citizens in the area is a lethal cocktail for serious accidents. Traffic lights are required at Edwards street to enable right hand turning from South Brighton shops onto Brighton Road. The pending development of the Old Cementworks site will bring more traffic and the possible need for lights at that intersection too. Great to see you championing this much needed upgrade David!I couldn’t believe that in the report released last year on major Adelaide Roads, Brighton Road was described as satisfactory and not in need of any major immediate work!
Thanks Des – yes, I believe that we need to start talking about Brighton Road to get action in the short, medium and long-term. The development at Cement Hill should be something of a catalyst to turn attention to the road’s needs (and future needs).
City of Holdfast Bay should not approve further commercial development along Brighton Road, particularly from Brighton Primary School extending south to South Brighton. Sturt Road and Edward Street intersections are often a bottleneck now. All commercial businesses should have parking at rear of premises and all lanes [3 if car parking not allowed] then free for vehicles at peak hours.This could extend the whole length of Brighton road, like Anzac Highway, at peak hours. Hove crossing needs immediate action.Trains are a problem at all crossings, with boom gates down for what seems an excessive amount of time for trains to cross.
Thanks for your comment Kath.
Hove Rail crossing.
The situation at this crossing is beyond crisis point. I live a stones throw from it, and the hazard it causes in local congestion alone is unacceptable. I can not drive out of my street unless cars stop and let me in for several hours per day. As we now have the entire area from Seacliff to Glenelg suffering from urban infill, where every second large house is razed to make two or three, there is double the amount of local traffic. Then we have the through traffic from the housing developments down south added to the mix.
I don’t know which is the most affordable and doable option, but I think it might be to put the train over the road, like has been done at Marion Road. Why the Oaklands and Brighton crossing have been ignored is beyond reason.
What I would like to see the new government address as a matter of urgency is the high density developments proposed for the land on Brighton Road adjacent to the crossing. There is a large vacant block on the south western side of the crossing which is for sale and destined for high density housing. This must be purchased by the Government and included in the future crossing plans. We can not have high density developments as touted by the past ALP Gov (TODs) at this crossing. Nor can we allow the Holdfast Bay Council to change the development plan so that Brighton Road can be filled in with high rise commercial development along this section of road. Brighton road can not cope with the traffic it already has.
David, can you please consider this if you win the seat.
Hi Lisa, thanks for your comments. They fit with the issues that I’m hearing when I’m out and about doorknocking and visiting shopping centres in Bright. I’ll be making it a priority to get an overpass into the state’s long-term infrastructure plans. With increased traffic on the road and more trains running on the track, this will only get worse.
David do you intend to get the speed limit reduced to 50 on Brighton Rd.? Because the crossings for schools located along Brighton Rd are a problem .How would you go about getting speed reduced.?
I am also very concerned about the safety of school children and others who use the pedestrian crossing on Brighton Road at Seacliff. I understand that there have been many requests made for the State Government to somehow improve this crossing, but nothing has been done. Semi trailers and sand carting trucks hurtle down the hillside. I’ve seen trucks go straight through the crossing on a red stop signal.
Again, get rid of the lights altogether and build a subway / overhead bridge. Lights at the bottom of a hill = catastrophe waiting to happen. Lights are outdated.
Silly suggestion. The last thing any stretch of Brighton Road needs is another speed restriction. Look at the problems caused by the reduction of speed from 80 to 60 on Cement Hill.
Hi Elena, thanks for your comment. There’s no doubt that the schools on the road must be taken into consideration with any future plan. Thanks for bringing this up.
I heartily agree with Bob Beaumont’s observations. The Expressway is and will remain totally useless to Hallett Cove residents unless access is provided in a Westerly direction, somewhere North of Sherrif’s Road.
There must be a road underpass (tunnel) at the level crossing. Traffic build up goes for Kilometres at peak times and actually causes congestion as far back as Oaklands Road.
This latter staggered intersection needs urgent attention and a revised traffic light sequence to obviate morons from blocking the intersection at Whytes Road.
The railway crossing is definitely the elephant in the room. Brighton Road’s crossing, along with the nearby Oaklands Crossing cause huge congestion and will be issues that I am certain that I and my Liberal colleagues in the South will continue to fight for.
The main problem, of course, is the increased traffic using the road. It was never intended for that volume of cars and trucks.
To reduce the volume, make part of the plan to put an “on ramp” and “off ramp” from Majors Road onto the freeway. why this wasn’t done in the upgrade I have no idea. At present Brighton Road takes ALL of the north bound traffic from that whole area. Ultimately it would be ideal to run Morphett Rd right through to Majors Rd. In conjunction with an overpass at the Diagonal Rd junction and railway crossing it would provide an excellent alternative.
The main problem on Brighton Rd is the Sturt Rd / Jetty Rd / Railway line section. Just an overpass at the railway line wont help a lot. The whole section must be fixed. The rest of the road until Jetty Rd Glenelg is not great but acceptable.
Thanks for your comment Bob – our first one on the new website! Great suggestions. In my role on Marion Council we lobbied long and hard for the entry/egress to the Expressway at Majors Road, but were continually knocked back – a real shame because it has the potential to allow the whole Hallett Cove/Trott Park/Sheidow Park district access to the Expressway.
You stole my thunder – why wasn’t Morphett road opened years ago, the road is there, it is was made and it is a short cut for many. It would also improve access for emergency services such as the firestation at O’halloran Hill.
If you or David know why this road is not able to be opened I would love to hear the reasons.