Millswood Station remains open but Dog Track closed.

Great news last week from the State Government. Patronage of the Belair train using Millswood Station to alight and embark has been beyond their expectations. As a result the station will remain open with the trial now complete.

The Federal Government however through it’s rail department ARTC will be closing the dog track which provides access to the station from the west side of Goodwood Road.



ARTC sign. closed until further notice

I have held the view that patronage of the Belair train using Millswood Station would, in the main, be from residents of Clarence Park and Millswood west of Goodwood Road. Ensuring the safety of these people was an important ingredient behind the repair to the footbridge we at Unley did early last year.  We spent good money to make sure the footbridge was safe to use.

Since the track was closed late last week I have already received three calls from residents concerned about the closure. Unfortunately there is not much Jennie and I can do about this as the track belongs to ARTC and the Federal Government.

We were given advanced warning of the pending closure and told it would be a permanent closure in response to our asking our management to push ARTC to make the dog track safe. Their response spend as little as possible and remove access to the threat rather than modify the environment to make it safe.

There is not much Jennie & I can do about this as it is  a federal government issue not a local government issue. That is short of us supporting any effort on your part to lobby our local member Kate Ellis for the track to remain open and be made safe. If you are reading this blog and feel the same as the three residents who have contacted me already I suggest you door knock your neighbours and get up a petition.

Jennie and I can back you with this but be assured you will need Kate on your side if you wish the track to remain open.

In the meantime what I have done is ask our management to seek confirmation from ARTC of their intentions because the sign does not say permanent, it infers temporary. And as the picture below shows their efforts to prevent access are timid at best.

Not stopping many from accessing.

Not stopping many from accessing.

Rail Revitalisation Not Complete

For those of you who are aware of inconsistencies in the rail corridor work and also that it is not complete Jennie & I “walked the line” yesterday with local state MP Steph Key.

Steph seemed in good spirits and relaxed and looking forward to serving you for the net three years. She was also very receptive to recognising that much is yet to be done before the project can be deemed complete.

Those of you (and there are many) who have indicated their disgust at those purple dots spattered around the junction rest assured. Your local MP agrees with you.

We identified many issues that need attention, including graffiti removal within the corridor, removal of supplied structure materials that have no apparent use, cementing in a light pole at Emerson Road (yes it is loose in a hole with two sand bags propping it up), removing a loose piece of fencing material used to bridge between a new fence and the adjoining neighbours fence and likewise barbed wire at the end of Parker Terrace.

 It includes determining if the gates that used to be provided at the Clarence Park Rail Station are to be returned to what DPTI have promoted is a less safe environment now; and why the ARC fencing used at Emerson and the Cyclone mesh fencing at Clarence Park have not been replaced with the new tubular fencing surrounding them.

Redesigning fences at both Emerson Avenue and Cranbrook/Arundel Avenue to improve site lines was also identified. Whilst on fences we identified as any of you are aware the corrugated iron along the bike path between Cromer Parade and Victoria Street is missing a number of screws and there are a number of joins in those sheets that are opening up and pulling free.

The same can be said for that expensive lattice screen along Arundel Avenue, which of course no longer is sighted by the turn out bay.

The overlapping of the corrugated sheets also will encourage early corrosion of the metal as they allow entry of water into the joints.

The list is too long to recreate here.

Suffice it to say, we had a willing ear from Steph, who believes the new Minister for Transport will be receptive.

PS        By the way. New graffiti, the responsibility of council (yes we get the ongoing maintenance of the new greenways), along the bike track has already been removed by council. Hopefully DPTI will acknowledge their commitment to remove that which has been there for an eternity on the corridor, noting they will allow no-one else access the area to do it for them.

Railways Easter Agenda

DPTI is taking the opportunity of the extra long weekend provided by Easter to change the rails at the intersection of Cross and South Roads, in preparation for electrification of the line.

In so doing they are trying to take the opportunity of minimal traffic disruption. A good move given the level of traffic that Cross Road takes.

Traffic Diversions will need to be in place notwithstanding it is holiday time.

A letter to residents in the adjoining suburban streets were advised of the proposed diversions about a week ago. This advice indicated traffic being diverted down East Avenue and Leah Street.

When challenged about this we were advsed that the letter was referring to local traffic and that through traffic will be diverted elsewhere by electronic signs located appropriately on the South & Cross Roads. We were advised that traffic would be diverted down Anzac Highway to Leader Street and then to Goodwood Road.

These signs are already in place as discovered in my travels yesterday. I have a concern.

Have DPTI really thought this through. I am not so sure. With signs as far south as south of Daws Road for north bound traffic and East of Winston Avenue for westbound on Daws Road I can see many cars heading down Winston and/or East and inevitably into Leah Street.

It is to be hoped that Easter traffic will be light but if it is not then residents in these streets will have received no respite, unless of course they have headed out and away for the Easter break.

I for one will be staying home so I guess I will find out first hand.

PS    Have a good easter and let us focus not just on the management of what we have in front of us but (for our own sanity) on where we will be when this thing is finished.