Tram extension forces closure of King William St and North Tce intersection
Published by ABC News on 31-Dec-2017
Closed to buses and cars from 1-Jan-2018 10.00pm to 15-Jan-2018 6.00am.
Buses that used King William Rd, North Adelaide, and King William St, Adelaide, are diverting to Morphett St and Pulteney St. A lot of buses, so please be careful when riding in these two streets, especially at sharp corners around the squares.
I do not know what choices private drivers are making.
In Grenfell St today I counted 18 vehicles incorrectly in the bus lane, to the frustration of some bus drivers. The private drivers did not budge when bus horns sounded.
+1 so modal bicycles - luv it!
Cycling is always a quite good method of getting to/from an Adelaide Oval event, but the advantage will be at least twice as great as usual for the Strikers BBL match next Tuesday night!
I've had no problems getting through the works this week. Lollypoppers seem happy to let a cyclists go through cones and up footpaths, even pointing safe ways through.
For the past week it has been very frustrating at Victoria Square travelling west from Wakefield to Grote Streets. The bike lane has now become a temporary bus stop for the trams to the Entertainment Centre. The bus drivers do not seem to care that they cut cyclists off. Sometimes there are 2 buses alongside each other blocking access altogether. Obviously that will be blocked for the next couple of weeks for TDU but will be interesting afterwards if tram works still continuing.
The tram line will be closed north of Victoria Square right through to 22 January, which might actually make it worse with the buses at Victoria Square as all the King William St bus routes will be back from the 15th and the tram substitute buses will still be running.
If I was cycling east-west or reverse in that area, my plan would be to use a minor street/lane to get across to Flinders-Franklin or Angas-Gouger well before arriving at Victoria Square.
Yeah I go to Franklin St via Gray St. Don't like it much though as you take your life in your hands with the drivers who want to turn left in to car parks - crossing over the bike lane as they do it. Some don't even look out for cyclists. Also get annoyed with the slow casual cyclists who get in your way as there is not much scope for overtaking along there.
And those slow casual cyclists don't even pay rego.
some of them slow casual cyclists even run you of the road, they should be banned, along with their high viz vests!
Anyway, is there a right hand tram turn in this drone video of Nth Tce / King William?
Oh yes, there's a new hotel being built at the Nth ADL Channel 9 site too!
The right hand turn is the equivalent of the current right hand for trams heading east along North Tce (i.e. from the direction Adelaide Railway Station) to turn right into King William St.
The minor controversy about the 'no right hand turn' relates to the lack of a right hand curve for King William St trams to turn right onto North Tce and head towards the East End.
You do have to wonder why the Minister for Transport doesn't simply deweaponise the issue by releasing the timetable for the future services and showing everyone that the curve isn't needed. Nothing to fear = nothing to hide!
I understand what all the fuss is about, it was just that the video to me looked like there was a right hand turn from KW onto Nth Tce going E. I had to do a shot by shot slo-mo to see I was looking at the LH turn from Nth Tce to KW (I've lived in both RH & LH traffic, so drone footage such as this may do strange things to my brain ;-).
Why would the future services timetable show that the curve isn't needed? Sounds to me like a chicken and egg situation... i.e. we've decided we don't want a RH turn, so don't put a RH turn in the future services timetable, and then when we release that, we can prove a RH turn isn't needed because there won't be a RH turn service in the timetable?
The tram would be able to complete a left turn, use a crossover, then return the other way (go east). That would put the Railway Station stop into play for every trip. The crossover is visible in this view.