Adelaide Street/CPR Grade Separation PIC #3


What is this Study About?

  • Adelaide Street is part of the neighbourhood fabric and area residents frequently walk and cycle to parks, schools, businesses and shopping areas.
  • The street also supports broader travel across the city and will play a more important role with the proposed rapid transit on Richmond Street.
  • This is CPR’s main line supporting regional train movements, and the CPR yard adjacent to Adelaide Street which utilizes the tracks for shunting trains (pushing or pulling a train or part of a train from the main line to a siding, or from one track to another), resulting in frequent blockage of Adelaide Street.
  • The City has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to look at options, considering:
    • The needs of all corridor users: vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, CPR
    • Surrounding communities: heritage conservation districts, heritage properties, McMahen Park, community mobility and connectivity
    • Traffic operations and the potential need for turning lanes at select locations
    • Changes in access to local roads
    • Continued revitalization of the community through unique urban design.

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Input and Comments from PIC #2

The City of London will host a total of three Adelaide Street Public Information Centres (PICs). These events create opportunities for our study team to collect feedback from Londoners on a variety of questions about the type of grade separation.

What we've Heard so far:

  • Underpass should be accessible during and after construction
  • Cyclists would prefer a dedicated bike lane
  • Maintain Pall Mall St. connection to Adelaide Street
  • Minimize impacts to McMahen Park
  • Reduce cut-through traffic onto the local roads and neighbourhoods (especially during a train blockage)
  • Provide more signalized intersections and dedicated right-turn lanes north and south of the underpass
  • Find ways to make pedestrians feel safe when walking through the underpass in the evenings

The Underpass Alternative

There is a strong preference for the underpass alternative on Adelaide Street. Here's why:

  • Londoners don’t want obstructed views
  • Minimizing traffic noise is highly preferred
  • Avoid the separation of neighbourhoods

To get in touch with the project team, you may also contact us directly:

Name Jay Goldberg, Project Engineer
Phone 1-877-562-7947

Environmental Study Report

Status: 30-Day Public Review Period

The City of London has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study for improvements to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) crossing of Adelaide Street North.

The Class EA study included public and agency consultation, an evaluation of alternative solutions and designs, assessment of potential impacts, and identification of measures to mitigate adverse impacts.

Study Recommendations:

  • A new underpass grade separation (road under rail) between Central Avenue and McMahen Street
  • Central Avenue intersection improvements
  • Pall Mall Street with right-in / right-out access, signalized pedestrian crossing at McMahen Street
  • Enhanced streetscape design in the vicinity of the underpass, new McMahen Park entrance with relocation of park gates, new and enhanced active transportation facilities
  • Temporary road detour on east side of Adelaide Street
  • Provision of a new utility corridor and stormwater / groundwater management infrastructure

As part of the review period, the final Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared to document the planning and decision making process for this study. Detailed streetscape concepts have also been released and are linked below.

To learn more or view individual appendices, visit the City of London's website.

How to Resolve Questions or Concerns

After reviewing, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the City of London Project Manager by October 19, 2018.

Ardian Spahiu, P.Eng.

Transportation Design Engineer

300 Dufferin Avenue, P.O. Box 5035 London ON N6A 4L9

Tel: 519-661-2489 x 4738