This week I was asked to comment whether Barton Terrace should re-open or not. It had not previously been on my agenda as I have been focusing on and hearing local Henley Ward issues like JetSki’s and Car Parks! I am always up for a conversation though about something that may impact us.
I diligently read Rachel Sanderson’s Parliament speech, Googled news items and also received and read a letter from Michael Atkinson with this detail “I and 4715 other voters in Charles Sturt support the re-opening of Barton Road, North Adelaide, to motorists and cyclists. Three hundred and twenty seven of these are in the Ward you are contesting.”
I asked the question of Michael as to whether another road could be reopened further down around the area of Buxton and Mills. This is his reply:
“The new road you canvassed in your message to me existed until 1973 under the name North Adelaide Station Road. It was closed, dug up and no longer exists. It is not an option. There is absolutely no possibility of constructing such a road. The only option for people in Ovingham, Bowden, Brompton, Hindmarsh and points farther west to access western North Adelaide is Barton Road. ” Mick Atkinson
To be frank there was no information presented that didn’t sway my original thought that the road should be open. I read and understood the original reasons were for best traffic management and safety concerns, however as we have seen and witnessed, the Adelaide City Council under Stephen Yarwood direction has been excellent at innovation of modern thinking on this subject with the introduction of traffic safe bike lanes etc.
Being involved in many construction style projects over the years, I understand the importance of flow and access from all directions. I have never understood why the west must be cut off from (essentially what is) the top of the city. With Adelaide Oval now a popular destination for footy games and activities, it would seem inappropriate to stop the flow of traffic into the city area and only have it come up North Terrace or War Memorial Drive, which we know is already highly congested.
Secondly, in my mind, the area being redeveloped at the old Clipsal site would, I’m sure, appreciate the flow from North Adelaide – both inwards and out.
And finally, wouldn’t the good people of North Adelaide appreciate easier access into the main entertainment area of our good Capital? Hindmarsh is the hub of all things musical.
My exact response to Michael was:
“My personal preference is for the road to open but as I mentioned , I am as yet unable to speak on behalf of the Henley Ward.”
If you wish to challenge my thoughts, or provide me with additional information as to why it should in fact remain shut, please comment. I prefer transparency.