Frome Street, Adelaide

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Frome Street
South Australia
Tavistock Hotel Adelaide 1902.jpg
Tavistock Hotel, Adelaide in 1902. Was demolished in 1962 to make way for Frome Street
General information
Type Street
Opened 1962
Major junctions
north end North Terrace
south end Carrington Street

Frome Street is a street in the East End of the city centre of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. It runs from North Terrace in the north to Angas Street, and then as Regent Street North to Carrington Street in the south. North of North Terrace, Frome Street continues towards North Adelaide as Frome Road.

Frome Street was not part of the original Light's Vision for Adelaide, and did not exist as a main street until the 1960s, owing to its disjointed and winding structure compared to planned arterial roads. The Adelaide City Council planned Frome Street to extend from Frome Road as part of a link from Main North Road to Glen Osmond Road to relieve traffic congestion in King William Street. The street was developed by 1962, by widening Tavistock Street (North Terrace to Rundle Street) and Ackland Street (Grenfell Street to Wakefield Street) and purchasing properties in between. In the 1970s the state government halted the development, so the street only extends part way across the city centre.[1][2]

Frome Street is named after Edward Charles Frome, the Surveyor General of South Australia for most of the 1840s.

Frome Street Bikeway

Velocity bike ride including the Frome Street Bikeway

In 2014, the southern part of Frome Street was modified to create separated bike lanes between the parallel car parking and the footpath. These lanes connect with minor laneways to the south and a path across the Adelaide Parklands as the Frome Street Bikeway. As of June 2014, the separated bike lanes extend as far north as Pirie Street, with community consultation yet to occur for extension further north.[3] In 2017–18, the bikeway was extended to Grenfell Street (completed February 2018), and part of what had already been built was removed and relaid to match. The contractor has been engaged to continue to Rundle Street.[4]


  1. ^ David Washington (23 April 2014). "Frome St: The road to nowhere". InDaily. Solstice Media. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Llewellyn-Smith, Michael (2012). Behind the Scenes: The Politics of Planning Adelaide. University of Adelaide Press. p. 88. ISBN 9781922064400. 
  3. ^ "Frome Street Bikeway". Adelaide City Council. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "City Bikeways". Your Future Adelaide. City of Adelaide. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 
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