To improve road safety in rural areas across the state, speed limits will be reduced from 110 or 100 km/h to 80 km/h on the approach at several level crossings including one at Coomunga on the Flinders Highway.
South Australian road safety minister Peter Malinauskas said road safety incidents on rural level crossings were fortunately rare but the consequences could be catastrophic.
“This preventative measure has the potential to save lives and avert serious injury,” he said.
The change is intended to give drivers more time to see and stop for an approaching train and the speed reduction would significantly reduce the stopping distance required if a driver needed to brake.
There were 13 crashes between 2012 and 2016 at level crossings on rural roads in the state with a speed limit of 100 or 110 km/h, resulting in two serious injuries and four minor injuries.
The changes were supported by up to 70 per cent of people in regional South Australia who took part in a survey as part of the development of the Railway Crossing Safety Strategy.