Adelaide St grade separation

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).

 

What has happened so far?

  • 26 April 2018: Third public information centre held at H.B. Beal Secondary School, presenting the preferred design, which is an underpass
  • 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. Original timeline was ten years later in 2031.
  • 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

Next Steps

The project is slated for construction starting in 2021.

Three 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, the second PIC was held on 14 Dec 2016 and the third was held on 26 April 2018. The purpose of PIC 3 was 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.

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

Public input is welcome throughout the study. If you cannot attend a meeting in person, you can share your views online via the project website.

Key Documents

Key Contacts

I'm interested to know how you would like to see at this rail crossing. Please provide your feedback in the box below, email me at jhelmer@london.ca or call me at 226-268-7536 (mobile).

Ardian Spahiu, P.Eng Transportation Design Engineer Transportation Planning and Design, City of London. aspahiu@london.ca or 519-661-2500, ext. 4738.

Jay Goldberg, E.I.T. Project Coordinator, WSP (Environmental Assessment Consultant) jay.goldberg@wsp.com, 905-823-8500 ext. 1284, 2655 North Sheridan Way Mississauga, ON L5K 2P8

Members of the Civic Works Committee including myself (Chair) and my colleagues Maureen Cassidy, Anna Hopkins, Josh Morgan, and Michael van Holst.

Jen Pastorius is the manager of the Old East Village BIA. Her email is jen@oldeastvillage.com.

Meg Pirie is the president of the Old East Village Community Association. Her email is president@oevca.ca.

Kate Rapson is the president of the Woodfield Community Association. Her email is katerapson@gmail.com.