The purpose of Public Information Centre (PIC) 3 is to present the Preliminary Preferred Design concept that takes into consideration the transportation and technical factors, property impacts, community interests, cultural heritage resources, CPR and public input. For more info, check out the notice for PIC 3.
Two PICs have been held to present the project, review the study findings and discuss study issues including alternative solutions, evaluation criteria, and environmental impacts and mitigation measures. The first PIC was held 16 June 2016 and the second PIC was held on 14 Dec 2016.
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; council approved the revised budget and timing in 2017).
See also Jesse Helmer, Ward 4 Councillor’s website for more info.