40kmh speed limits here to stay in four South-West towns

The speed limit has been permanently reduced to 40 kilometres an hour through four towns in the South-West following a successful review headed by a local Technical Working Group.

Four local towns in the South-West – Boyanup, Donnybrook, Balingup and Bridgetown – experience considerable road train traffic with up to 6,000 vehicles passing through the town centres daily.

This trial was initiated following a petition and requests from local shires, local residents, businesses and local Members of Parliament to lower the existing speed limit on the towns’ main streets.

Overseen by a Technical Working Group chaired by Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, the trial was designed to help Main Roads develop an effective speed signing plan, using conventional speed signs, to achieve compliance with a 40kmh speed limit.

The group, comprising representatives from local governments, Main Roads and the Road Safety Commission, met in early August 2020 to review data collected throughout the trial and community feedback about the changes.

There has been strong community support for the reduced speed limits as well as a high level of compliance.

The new speed limit reduction will help improve driver and pedestrian safety as well as reduce road trauma.

The WA Government allocated more than $2 billion in the 2020-21 State Budget to upgrade and support regional roads.

Source: WA Government