RAA welcomes new plans to remove tram level crossings at Plympton

11 April, 2023

RAA welcomes new State Government plans to remove two level crossings at Plympton, which will benefit tens of thousands of road users every day.

As part of the Marion Rd, Anzac Hwy to Cross Rd project, the state and federal governments will both contribute $200 million to build a tram overpass over Marion Rd and Cross Rd.

Once complete the project will introduce a new tram stop between Marion and Cross Roads, accessible by lifts and stairs on both sides.

The current Marion Rd level crossing

An RAA study in 2022 found that traffic on Marion Road had a red light due to trams or the Mike Turtur Bikeway about 30 per cent of the time during the morning peak (7am-9am) – or about 36 minutes of the two-hour period.

In the afternoon peak period, this increased to 33 per cent of the time.

RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure said the new overpass would benefit all road users.

“RAA identified the Marion Rd tram crossing as a priority project in the lead-up to last year’s state election, and welcomes these plans to bust congestion with a new overpass,” Mr Mountain said.

“Our recent research laid bare the massive delays caused by the level crossing, especially in peak periods, which led to us advocating for grade separation at both Marion Rd and Cross Rd.

“Removing these level crossings will not only greatly improve traffic flow and safety in the area, but will also enhance access for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and tram users.”

For more on the project visit the Department for Infrastructure and Transport website.