$2.4m for pedestrian and cycling upgrades at Mawson Lakes interchange

The State Government and City of Salisbury are joining forces on a $2.4m upgrade of pedestrian and cycling access to the Mawson Interchange and Elder Smith Road bridge.

The works include:

  • Installing a shared use path, ramp and stairs on the southern side of the Elder Smith Road bridge to:
      o Improve pedestrian and cycling access from the western side of the rail corridor via Augustine Street
      o Connect to the Mawson Interchange and the City of Salisbury’s Green Trails.
  • Widening of the shared use path on the Elder Smith Road Bridge to better cater for pedestrians and cyclists and improve access to the Interchange.

The City of Salisbury will contribute $1.6m to the project with $800 000 from the State Government’s Better Access to Public Transport program.

Works are expected to start in early October and be completed by early 2018, weather permitting.

Background

Elder Smith Road will remain open to traffic however speed and lane restrictions may apply.

Every effort will be made to minimise impacts during construction works and there will be no impact to train services.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

The Mawson Interchange is one of the busiest train stations in the Adelaide Metro rail network with approximately 5000 boardings each day.

But unlike other stations across Adelaide, fewer than half the passengers walk or cycle to the station each day on average.

By creating better paths and improving access to the interchange it is hoped that we can encourage more people to choose the healthier option and ride a bike or walk to the interchange.

Quote attributable to Labor candidate for Playford Michael Brown

As a local resident, I know how hard it is to walk or cycle to the Mawson Lakes Interchange.

With these new works, we will be able to provide easier access and reduce the numbers of people who have no choice but to use a car.

Quote attributable to City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge

These works will improve access to public transport and the Mawson Lakes CBD by establishing a vital link for pedestrians and cyclists to access over Mawson Interchange.

The project will also mark the completion of an uninterrupted Shared Use Path between the Salisbury City Centre and Mawson Lakes CBD along the City’s river corridors.

This means pedestrians and cyclists can safely travel between these two key business precincts without ever having to cross a motorway.