Military Road and Main Street Precinct, Henley Beach

Military Road and Main Street into the future

We have developed a draft concept design for the upgrade of the section of Military Road between North and South Streets as well as Main Street in Henley Beach. This draft concept design has been developed using community feedback gathered late last year as well as other information and investigations.

The road pavement of the Military Road section is due for full reconstruction in 2020, presenting an ideal opportunity to think now about the streetscape and the role it will play in the area for the next 60 years.

This includes considering how landscaping, tree planting and urban design can contribute to improving amenity, reducing urban heat and promoting active travel and health and well-being. It also provides the opportunity to think about the possibilities for Main Street, and whether the vibrancy of Henley Square could be extended into this area in the future.

Although no work is currently planned on Main Street, it makes economical and practical sense to design it at the same time as Military Road. The design will help the community to imagine the possibilities and puts the Military Road design into context. We hope to use the finished design for the Main Street Precinct to attract external funding toward the construction of Main Street. There is currently no funding allocated for the Main Street component.

We are now seeking feedback from the community to develop the final concept.

Stage 2 Consultation has now concluded and we are working through the feedback. We will provide updates on this page soon.

What do you want to see, hear, feel, do?

Consultation closed on Friday 26 April 2019.

Military Road and Main Street into the future

We have developed a draft concept design for the upgrade of the section of Military Road between North and South Streets as well as Main Street in Henley Beach. This draft concept design has been developed using community feedback gathered late last year as well as other information and investigations.

The road pavement of the Military Road section is due for full reconstruction in 2020, presenting an ideal opportunity to think now about the streetscape and the role it will play in the area for the next 60 years.

This includes considering how landscaping, tree planting and urban design can contribute to improving amenity, reducing urban heat and promoting active travel and health and well-being. It also provides the opportunity to think about the possibilities for Main Street, and whether the vibrancy of Henley Square could be extended into this area in the future.

Although no work is currently planned on Main Street, it makes economical and practical sense to design it at the same time as Military Road. The design will help the community to imagine the possibilities and puts the Military Road design into context. We hope to use the finished design for the Main Street Precinct to attract external funding toward the construction of Main Street. There is currently no funding allocated for the Main Street component.

We are now seeking feedback from the community to develop the final concept.

Stage 2 Consultation has now concluded and we are working through the feedback. We will provide updates on this page soon.

What do you want to see, hear, feel, do?

Consultation closed on Friday 26 April 2019.

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  • What is planned to deal with the traffic congestion, noise and speeding (40 zone) on Seaview Road between South and North Street? The pedestrian crossing on Seaview Road & Main Street is fine but on the south side cars and motor bikes often back up to Henley Beach Road. Is there regular monitoring of traffic and noise on this section of Seaview Road? What can be done to manage traffic in this zone? Has the EPA been consulted on noise and pollution levels created by traffic on this section of Seaview Road? What is the plan for emergency vehicle access?

    Tina Koch asked 2 months ago

    Hello Tina, thank you for your question and we must apologise for not responding earlier. 

    Seaview Road is under the care and control of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, and driver speeding falls under the jurisdiction of the South Australian Police.  There are no requirements or restrictions for noise or pollution created by vehicles, so we do not consult the EPA on these matters.

    The priority around Henley Square is pedestrian access and safety over moving traffic. Emergency vehicles are allowed to travel on the wrong side of the road in an emergency if required. As the matters you raise are all outside of the scope of this project, we encourage you to contact the relevant authorities for a further response. 

  • I'd like to ask a question about the main street redevelopment in Henley beach. Where is the taxi rank or a taxi waiting area? Also it doesn't seem very safe to put plants blocking the view of both people pulling out of the disabled parks opposite the Ramsgate and those coming out of the foodland Carpark. This seems to be an unsafe and difficult placement for a Carpark.

    Becca asked 2 months ago

    Hello Becca, thank you for your question and we must apologise for not responding earlier. 

    Main Street is not supposed to be used as a taxi rank, it only has 1 hour parking spaces, although we understand that many are currently using it for this purpose, instead of using the allocated Military Road spaces.  The Military Road Ramsgate frontage has 2 taxi spots which aren’t frequently used.  With taxis following the ride-share industry initiative to use App booking services for picking up, the use of formal taxi ranks is diminishing.

    Should the proposal to convert Main Street into a pedestrian plaza receive community support and then funding and become available for construction, our expectation would be that the Military Road spaces would be used.  If required, this could be extended to provide more than 2 spaces if there is still demand at that time.

    The height of plants will need to be kept at below 1 metre and thin tree trunks to ensure driver sight lines are retained.

  • I have four questions: 1 - is there any realignment of the bus stop so that people driving out of the southern exit of the Foodland can see any northbound traffic? Right now the bus blocks that view. 2. How will the access carparks work with reversing as the shared pedestrian area would make that a nightmare for people trying to reverse, especially in disability vans or access taxis? 3 - what happens to the tax queue and boarding? 4. Do traffic studies back up the safety of North and South St roundabouts being removed?

    Becky Llewellyn asked 2 months ago

    Hello Becky, thank you for your question and we apologise for not responding earlier. 

    1.Yes, due to the verge being widened and the bus stop indented, driver vision will be improved with this concept.

    2.The tactile indicators and bollards highlight to pedestrians that they are entering a road environment in this location. The driveway area is not on a pedestrian desire line as these line up with the zebra crossings over Military Road. The use of the area would be not dissimilar to a car park where pedestrians are present in aisle-ways and drivers reverse carefully. 

    3. Main Street is not supposed to be used as a taxi rank, it only has 1 hour parking spaces, although we understand that many are currently using it for this purpose, instead of using the allocated Military Road spaces. The Military Road Ramsgate frontage has 2 taxi spots which aren’t frequently used.  With taxis following the ride-share industry initiative to use App booking services for picking up, the use of formal taxi ranks is diminishing.

    Should the proposal to convert Main Street into a pedestrian plaza receive community support and then funding and become available for construction, our expectation would be that the Military Road spaces would be used.  If required, this could be extended to provide more than 2 spaces if there is still demand at that time.

    4. Our private consultant traffic firm has undertaken a traffic study to assess the impacts at the intersections and have found that overall, traffic efficiency is improved. There is a very slight additional delay for eastbound traffic on North Street, but all other approaches are improved. 

    Safety is improved due to lower driver speeds (raised intersections perform like speed humps) for drivers and people riding bikes. Pedestrians have reduced crossing distance, clearer sight lines and can cross closer to the corner, rather than being pushed around the corner to cross. Australian Road Rules also give them priority over a driver that is turning into the street they are crossing.

  • In the design I can see no plan for extra parking. Do you have a plan? I believe we should be thinking long term about this issue and a sensible solution would be to have a carpark under the new square as is frequently an option overseas. Also restricted parking times in York St, Durham Street and Main Street with resident permit parking to reduce the impact of all day parking in these streets of workers from shops and cafes.

    Julie L asked about 2 months ago

    Hello Julie, thank you for your question. The cost of building a car park underneath the project would result in each car parking space costing upwards of $60,000. Council could not fund such infrastructure without it being a paid parking facility and history has shown us that introducing paid parking in Henley is not an option that is supported by the community.

    Should the proposal to convert Main Street into a pedestrian plaza receive community support and then funding become available for construction, we will review local street parking restrictions if there is still demand at that time.

  • Could I please have a copy of the Henley Car Parking Utilisation Study

    Sue Fitzgerald asked about 2 months ago

    Hello Sue, thank you for your request. Due to the size of the document, a copy of the study is now  available under the document library on this project page. 


  • Is there no way that CCS can work with Foodland to move the car park entrance to Military Road? It seems such a shame to upgrade the square like this only to have vehicles travelling through it regularly.

    llessur asked 3 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your question and we must apologise for not responding earlier.The Military Road side of the car park is too steep to enable vehicle access. Opportunities may arise in the future if the site is redeveloped and at that time, the vehicle entrance to the Pavilion car park could be easily converted to become part of the pedestrian plaza.  At the moment, it has been designed to be very low speed.

  • Can stormwater/kerbs/gutters along Main Street please be looked at as part of the redevelopment. I have raised issues previously CR14858/18 & CR15875/13 - all Main Street water comes around our cnr at 58 Main Street, clogs the area up with debris, sending water out as far as the bike lane in heavy rain. Street sweepers then can’t get in between the trees and parked cars to ever clean. A side entry pit or 2 on Main Street would help reduce the volume of stormwater and debris on East Tce. I spoke with someone today at council that said Main st review is first/will depend on response to my issue.

    AFW asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  This project includes consultation and conceptual planning for the streetscape on Main Street only. At present, Main Street is not within the 4 year capital works program for reconstruction.  At the time when Main Street is due for reconstruction, or earlier should Council receive government funding or allocate a budget toward a streetscape upgrade, the detailed design will include a stormwater upgrade for this section of Main Street to reduce gutter flows to an acceptable level. Thank you for continuing report flooding and path / kerb damage as it occurs.


  • Where will the pop up stall be located on Sunday 28th October?

    TC asked 8 months ago

    Hello thank you for your question. The pop up stall will be at the Make It Mine Markets on Sunday 28 October in the car park off Main Street, Henley Beach opposite the Ramsgate. We hope to see you there.