40km/h speed limit for Hopkins Street

Published on 08 July 2024


Following significant advocacy to State Government, Council welcomes the recent announcement of a 40km/h speed limit for Hopkins Street in Footscray.

Council sought the speed limit reduction to address resident safety, and has worked closely with the Department of Transport and Planning to implement it on the back of other speed limit reductions in the Joseph Road Precinct.

“This is a big step in addressing safety concerns in the area – we know the community has been asking for this change and we are pleased to see this vitally-important improvement become a reality. Council formally wrote to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety in January this year advocating for this change, and this is a welcome outcome,” Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam said.

The permanent speed reduction on Hopkins Street will complement the Precinct’s future needs, with the ongoing development bringing more pedestrians – including children – through the area. Sign installation will occur in the coming weeks.

The Joseph Road Precinct in Footscray is an important urban renewal project, undergoing transition from an industrial area to a mixed-use precinct accommodating a combination of residential, office, retail, recreation, and public open space and will ultimately be home to around 5,000 new households.

Council is currently undertaking a range of improvement works within the Precinct and has begun delivering new infrastructure to support a high level of amenity, including road upgrades, installation of pedestrian footpaths and crossings, new traffic signals, bike lanes, and landscaping and drainage works.

Along with the 40km/h speed limit on Hopkins Street, a 60km/h speed limit will be installed on Dynon Road between Kensington Road and Dock Link Road. Other recent road safety improvements in the area include 40km/h signage on Whitehall Street between Bunbury and Hopkins streets; and pedestrian crossings at Hallenstein and Warde streets.

Council continues to advocate for new traffic lights – pending Department of Transport and Planning approval – at the Hopkins/Hallenstein Street intersection and Hopkins Street/Joseph Road intersection.

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