Safer local roads in Seddon and Yarraville
Published on 03 April 2019
Cyclists, pedestrians and drivers in Seddon and Yarraville will benefit from safer roads following the introduction of reduced speed limits in early April.
To create safer roads for the community, Maribyrnong City Council in partnership with VicRoads, will lower the speed limit to 40km an hour on Council owned roads. Seddon and Yarraville will be the first of seven areas across the City that will phase in reduced speed limits over the following years.
This decision was backed by Council in October 2017 and is based on results from Local Area Traffic Management Studies conducted in all suburbs across the municipality, along with feedback from residents of feeling unsafe to walk or cycle in their local streets due to cars travelling at high speeds.
By lowering the speed limit it will reduce the risk of injury or fatality and encourage more residents to use more sustainable methods of transports like walking or cycling. It is also expected that lowering the speed limit will also reduce existing road congestion, enhance fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air and noise pollution.
Maribyrnong is forecasting a population growth of 80% over the next 25 years, from 86,975 in 2016 to 156,291 in 2041. In planning for this growth and in order to accommodate the additional demand and pressures on the local transport infrastructure, there will be more of an emphasis placed on sustainable transport methods.
For more information on the project please visit: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/saferlocalroads
A word from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov
“We want all members of our community to feel safe when using our roads and by lowering the speed limit it will reduce the risk of injury or fatality and encourage more people to walk to ride.”
Hyde Street will be lowered from 60km/hour to 50km/hour.
Buckley Street/Napier Street, Whitehall Street, Williamstown Road are arterial roads (non-Council Roads) therefore existing speed limits remain unchanged.
Reproduced with permission - Melway Publishing Pty Ltd 2019
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