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No-go for Goodwood rail path

May 23, 2014

The pedestrian component of the rail overpass on Goodwood Road is a temporary  no-go zone, following reports of  concrete  falling onto the  road.

When inspected by Council, the Department of Transport and the rail authority,   “significant” areas of concrete failure were discovered.  As Unley Council has ownership and “care and control” of the pedestrian component of the overpass structure it has heeded engineering advice and closed the path to the public.

Unley’s property assets manager Mr Alan Johns says that assessment  of the problem will continue next week to develop an appropriate works programme. The staging of the remedial works have been identified by a DPTI bridge engineer as an  “urgent and high priority”.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    May 23, 2014 4:42 pm

    Just when we approach the re-opening of the Millswood Railway Station, scheduled for early July
    Let’s hope that the repairs will be swift and enable the flow of pedestrians above the tracks. The people who will be mostly inconvenienced will be those using public transport. It will now be a longer walk.


  2. Ian permalink
    May 23, 2014 7:47 pm

    I applaud the prompt action by Unley Council in addressing the risk to pedestrians.
    I ask that the assessment and remediation be quick.
    There will be significant disruption to the residents who use the pathway for access to public transport.
    As a candidate for the Unley Park Ward I want this fixed ASAP.


  3. Trevor permalink
    May 24, 2014 8:23 pm

    I agree. This needs to be fixed soon to stop the inconvenience to locals.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      May 25, 2014 7:57 am

      If the footpath is dangerous, don’t we need to be worried about the integrity of the railway line alongside it?


  4. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    May 26, 2014 1:09 pm

    Not so long ago we were told that despite its age, the railway overpass was structurally sound. I am sure it is. The problem now is some flaking concrete.
    Fixing the problem must be a high priority.

    For more of my views, vist my blog @ 🙂


  5. Ian permalink
    June 1, 2014 9:27 pm

    Have a think about whether lightweight composites are a suitable replacement. Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) is growing in it’s use in industry due to it’s versatility and structural integrity for walkways etc. They come in all sorts of profiles that can be used for this purpose (and it’s relatively cheap). ‘Remediation’ of the walkway may require other design criteria to be implemented that may dictate the strengthening of the supports.


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