Residents outside a home that is planned to be demolished on Portrush Road.

Magill and Portrush Road

The Marshall Government has announced major plans to widen the Portrush Road and Magill Road intersection.

  • This will require the compulsory acquisition and bulldozing of 47 homes and local businesses, causing much distress to those evicted.
  • Minister Stephan Knoll’s goal is to keep the trucks flowing along Portrush Road. Widening the intersection from 6 to 10 lanes on Portrush Roadmeans more trucks, more danger and more inconvenience for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.
  • The project will create dangerous bottlenecks at Dover Street and Beulah Road. Traffic will also continue to back up at the Payneham – Portrush Road intersection.
  • The construction requires the chopping down of 40 to 50 established trees. This will turn our suburbs into a concrete jungle.
  • $98 million to cut commute times by 60 seconds just isn’t worth it.
  • It has also not been made clear what developers will build on the leftover bulldozed land that isn’t used for the extra lanes.

The Marshall Government had an election promise to develop an alternative route for large trucks to be diverted from the South Eastern Freeway and hence Portrush Road. The $98 million should be used to develop an alternative route for large trucks instead and NOT to destroy local communities.

We urge everyone to phone, write and make your voice heard to stop this unjustified project, which has had no cost-benefit analysis publicly released and has been unanimously rejected by the Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council.

Hon. Mr Steven Marshall MP
Premier of South Australia
Member for Dunstan
GPO Box 2343

Phone: 08 8429 3232
Email: [email protected]                   

From Concerned Residents and Councillors (Norwood, Payneham and St Peters)

Cr Scott Sims (Trinity Gardens and Maylands Ward)
Cr Kester Moorhouse (St Peters Ward)

For more information on this project contact:

Cr Scott Sims
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0403 969 003

Further Links and Information:

ABC Article – 6th May 2020

ABC Article – 27th March 2020

ABC Article – 20th March 2020

Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Press Release

Portrush and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade

Keep Metro Traffic Moving Report