New 40km/h speed limit for Whitehall Street

Published on 12 April 2024

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Council welcomes today’s announcement of a new 40km/h speed limit for Whitehall Street surrounding St Monica’s Catholic Primary School.

The reduction will apply to the section between Bunbury and Hopkins streets, 24 hours a day, with the change expected to take place before the end of the financial year.

Council has been advocating for some time for reduced speeds within the Joseph Road Precinct to support community safety with local MP, Katie Hall, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the Department of Transport.

“We know this is a huge step in addressing safety concerns for the community,” Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam said. “This is a vital improvement for our community, and the permanent reduction is appropriate considering ongoing development in the area bringing additional pedestrian movements, including more school children, through the area.”

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 committed to ensuring the precinct upgrade works deliver a high level of amenity, with a program of improvement works identified including road upgrades, installation of pedestrian footpaths and crossings, new traffic signals, bike lanes, landscaping and drainage upgrades,” Mayor Lam said.

Council continues to advocate for further speed reductions on streets in the area as outlined in a letter to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety in January 2024, including Hopkins Street (between Moore Street and the Hopetoun Bridge).

Council also wants to see new traffic signals – pending Department of Transport and Planning approval – at the Hopkins/Hallenstein Street and Hopkins Street/Joseph Road intersections.

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