The New South Wales government is extended the 40km/h speed limit in Sydney CBD to improve pedestrian safety.
Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, said the speed limit would have minimal effect on current traffic times.
“For less than an extra minute of travel time for motorists, we’re doubling the chance of survival for pedestrians in Sydney CBD,” Gay said.
“This is why we’re installing sensible speed limits in an area where lots of pedestrians are out and about each day – to protect vulnerable road users and save lives.”
Over the past ten years, 12 people have died on Sydney CBD streets, with more than 1400 injuries within the jurisdiction.
CBD Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast, said expanding the speed limit will help maintain speed consistency.
“As we work towards transforming Sydney for the future, reducing the speed limit to 40km/h also helps with the need for temporary roadwork speed limits,” Prendergast said.
“There are more than 150 locations in NSW where 40km/h limits are in place in high pedestrian areas including North Sydney and Parramatta CBD as well as regional centres such as Tamworth and Albury – this is a common and effective measure for busy areas.”
The speed limits were introduced in September to allow for the start of the Sydney Light Rail construction.
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