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DPTI Matters - 9 November 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Remembrance Day

Our department is proud to play its part in marking this year’s one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

On Sunday at 11am, where safe to do so, Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams will stop and remain stationary and in silence for one minute as a sign of respect to those who have died as a result of war. Services on the Southern Expressway and South Eastern Freeway will not be included, for safety reasons.

Find out more here.

Northern Connector

The start of concrete paving on the Northern Connector Project recently provided an opportunity for Premier Steven Marshall, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll, Senator David Fawcett and the media to view the progress of the state’s first major concrete road.

The paving will require about 175,000 cubic metres of concrete, produced on-site, with all the cement and quarry products being sourced locally in SA.

Constructing the road in concrete will approximately halve future maintenance costs and, during construction, will generate an additional 40 jobs and an extra $11 million for the SA economy compared to building the road out of asphalt.

Santa’s helpers

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant will bring a world of happiness to town on Saturday, with people heading to the city centre in their hundreds of thousands.

Last year the pageant crowd was estimated at 330,000.

Such a massive number of people travelling to the city presents challenges for DPTI, with road closures and the need to transport people safely to the CBD and back to their homes.

Thank you to all of our staff who will put in a big effort tomorrow as we provide extra services and deal with some alterations to routes. Your efforts play a vital role in helping bring joy to many South Australians.

DPTI staff who took part in the pageant in 2016.

Movember on track

The AdelaideMetMo tram, which is sporting its own moustache, is spreading the Movember word as it transports cricket fans to and from the One Day International at Adelaide Oval today.

And yesterday Australian cricketers Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis jumped on board with the Adelaide Metro Movember team for a photo shoot to help promote the men’s health cause even further.

Many staff from our tram team are doing their bit for Movember and, after just one week, they’ve already raised more than $300.  Well done to all involved.

Cup winners

The DPTI Brown Fields team has won the Most Improved Veterans Team award in this year’s Corporate Cup, repeating its effort from the previous year.

The Corporate Cup is an annual event in which teams compete in fortnightly running events of 2.2km, 4.5km or 7.2km at one of four metro locations, to increase personal fitness and help build team spirit.

Congratulations to Eddie Yick, Jeremy Chu, Tim Mather, Justin Tulloch and John Jenner, all from the Building Projects unit, Infrastructure Delivery directorate, on a great effort.

Diwali celebration

The Safety Strategy team came together to celebrate the Diwali Festival at an afternoon tea on Wednesday.

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere or spring in the southern hemisphere. It is one of the main events on the Indian social calendar.

Sign trial

DPTI is continuing to innovate with the trial of the Rural Junction Active Warning System, which will improve safety on the South Australian rural road network.

The system involves installing variable speed limit signs at junction approaches, which are radar triggered by the presence of side-road traffic. Motorists crossing a major road or turning right onto a major rural road can often underestimate the required gap to do so safely. The activation of a reduced speed limit for a short section of road approaching the junction will slow down approaching traffic and increase the gap time.

Watch the video below to see how it works.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback  shows a panoramic view across North Adelaide in 1904, featuring houses, wide streets and parklands. Note the horse-drawn carriage to the right, the only visible transport in the shot.

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