Goodwood Underpass to be upgraded

 
  Sojourner Train Controller

Interesting Blog Post on "Grumpy from Unley" this week (one of the councillors from the city of Unley) Until I read it I was unaware that it was going to be renovated, I always figured that all that concrete was their for reinforcing of the bridge, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with!

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Underpass (make)over-killDECEMBER 17, 2013




It’s a grubby, dingy (but very well-used) part of Goodwood Road. And it could certainly do with a bit of brightening up.
But can it’s possible transformation REALLY be compared with that of New York’s once-dilapidated stretch of elevated railway through Manhattan?
The latter is now a long, photogenic and very-much-used pedestrian precinct, which could hardly be the case of whatever is suggested for the two-hundred metre concrete ditch beneath the Goodwood railway line.
Unley Councillors have heard of the Goodwood transformation proposal from Ashford Labor MP Steph Keys and Backyard Studies Institute research director Mark Thompson (who works at her electoral office). Which is where the Big Apple comparison came in when they addressed the December Council meeting to seek support for a public art project at the area around the underpass and the closed Millswood railway station.
Yes. By all means give the area a lift. But be realistic about it’s scope.New York it ain’t!"

http://grumpyinunley.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/underpass-makeover-kill/

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Damn. I thought this was going to be a thread about a proposed upgrade to the Goodwood Station access route which would be illegal if constructed today, not meeting even the bare minimum of requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act, let alone Best Practice.
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Damn. I thought this was going to be a thread about a proposed upgrade to the Goodwood Station access route which would be illegal if constructed today, not meeting even the bare minimum of requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act, let alone Best Practice.
justapassenger
I heartily concur with these sentiments. I have to get off my electric scooter and walk alongside it as it drives itself up with me guiding. As the ramp is very narrow and with a laterally humped floor as well as too steep, it's not a pleasant process, believe me, and is one of the only two places where I have needed to do this.

Since the platform surface was partly removed during the closure and reconstruction of the collapsed  faces due to the diversion of Brownhill Creek, I am surprised that it wasn't done then. As the station was being altered, I would think that lessening the grade of the ramps would have been a legal requirement.

I note, too, that seats have now been provided, but no windbreaks. Having suffered often from cold winds in the past, I would hope that appropriate protection from draughts along the platform as well as across the tracks will be provided. This applies to Oaklands and other stations as well.
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
Damn. I thought this was going to be a thread about a proposed upgrade to the Goodwood Station access route . . . . . .
justapassenger

Maybe a more accurate title for this thread would be "Goodwood Road Underpass Upgrade", avoiding confusion with either the new Noarlunga line underpass or the pedestrian access to Goodwood station.   The Goodwood Road underpass is well outside the suburb of Goodwood (on the Millswood / Kings Park boundary).

Speaking of finishing the "upgrade" to Goodwood Station, I agree 100% that some sort of effective wind / rain / afternoon sun shelter is needed on the platforms.
Also, some clear, permanent signage of which trains use which platforms at Goodwood.   At present there are only a couple of those curved bus stop type signs with the timetable, which do tell you where the trains go, but in a very inconspicuous half-hearted way.   The signs are small and positioned at 90 degrees to your line of sight when you walk onto the platforms.    Especially important because:-
(1) The electronic PIDs on platforms 1 and 2 have not been working since the Noarlunga line reopened.   How do you know where your skip-stop train will be stopping before you get on board?
(2) The destinations of trains from all three platforms have swapped around since the new underpass has been built.
I have seen any number of non-regular passengers wandering, very frustrated, trying to work out where their train leaves from.
All that's needed are conspicuous "TO NOARLUNGA & TONSLEY", "TO ADELAIDE" signs at top of the ramps.  Maybe in the subway too, but these would be heavily graffitied within 24 hours.
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
Especially important because:-
(1) The electronic PIDs on platforms 1 and 2 have not been working since the Noarlunga line reopened.   How do you know where your skip-stop train will be stopping before you get on board?
1S47

The train controllers don't know where or when the trains are going to stop at the moment so what would they put on the displays? [img]http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling-on-the-floor-laughing-smiley-emoticon.gif[/img]
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The electronic display on the Seaford line island platform doesn't even display the correct time.

Still, at least there is a printed timetable and a working PA system there, while the only information currently available at Marion is the time of substitute buses.

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