What is being proposed?
In order to reduce traffic issues caused by trains crossing Adelaide Street, the City of London is considering separating rail and road traffic at the crossing by moving the roadway off of the same level as the railway (a grade separation). Examples of existing grade separations include the subways (underpasses) on Wellington St north of Horton and Talbot St south of Oxford and the overpasses on Quebec St and Adelaide St south of King St. Both options will be considered as part of the environmental assessment.
The separation of road and rail traffic is intended to improve traffic capacity on Adelaide street, reduce public transit delays, and improve safety for pedestrians. The Adelaide / CPR crossing has been deemed the highest priority grade separation in the City of London. An average of 25,500 vehicles cross the CPR rail line on Adelaide every day, and as many as 43 trains cross at Adelaide each day, creating road blockages for up to 126 minutes per day.
The capital budget for the environmental assessment is $400,000. The estimated timeline for construction of a grade separation is 2021 and the estimated cost of a grade separation is ~$59,900,000 (original estimate was $21,000,000; budget updated in 2017).
What has happened so far?
- 30 Oct 2017: 2018 budget amendments tabled at Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, including acceleration of the Adelaide St grade separation to start as early as 2021 and an increase in the budget to $59,900,000.
- 23 Feb 2016: The City of London published the Notice of Commencement of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment
- 12 Jan 2016: Council approved the start of an Environmental Assessment for an Adelaide Street / CPR grade separation
- 5 Jan 2016: London Free Press story, “Wheels in motion on Adelaide Street train fix”
- 5 Jan 2016: The Civic Works Committee received a staff report on the crossing and approved a recommendation to begin an Environmental Assessment for the Adelaide grade separation
- 28 Oct 2013: London Free Press story, “Adelaide level crossing becomes No. 1 priority among all level crossings”
- 28 Oct 2013: The Civic Works Committee confirmed the crossing as the highest priority grade separation in the city, and directed staff to commence an Environmental Assessment subject to development charges and budget approval
- July 2013: the City of London completed a monitoring program at this crossing
- 23 Nov 2011: London Free Press story, “Next: City targets Adelaide rail misery”
- 7 Nov 2011: London Free Press story, “Trackside troubles”
- 2005: a prioritization study that evaluated level crossings in London indicated that the Adelaide/CPR crossing met the Transport Canada rail exposure index warrant for a grade separation
MMM Group has been contracted by the City of London to complete an Environmental Assessment for the Adelaide Street / CPR Grade Separation. The study will:
- Confirm the needs of the Adelaide Street corridor, recognizing the full range of users within the community including pedestrians, cyclists, rail, transit vehicles and motorists.
- Identify and assess a range of planning and design alternatives for the grade separation including subway (rail over road) and overpass (road over rail).
- Consider the opportunity to identify, preserve and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage resources, and promote pedestrian environment along the corridor.
- Engage public participation throughout the study process.
- Develop a functional and visually attractive design concept for vehicular travel lanes, cycling lanes, and sidewalks that reflects the community and transportation contexts
Two Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held to present the project, review the study findings and discuss study issues including alternative solutions, evaluation criteria, and environmental impacts and mitigation measures. Dates are not yet set for the PICs.
Public input is welcome throughout the study.
- Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment (1 page PDF)
- 2016 Staff Report recommending Environmental Assessment begin (5 page PDF)
- 2013 Staff Report recommending the Adelaide crossing be confirmed as the highest priority level grade crossing and the project be moved forward (includes 2013 monitoring report, 8 page PDF)
- Capital budget project detail record (1 page PDF)
- 2018 budget amendment case #19 (pages 54-56, PDF)
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