Speed limits for drivers approaching the Ross Glen Road level crossing at Rossglen have been reduced to improve safety for motorists.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the speed limit on the road had been reduced from 100km/h to 50km/h on a 440-metre section on both approaches to the level crossing and on a 550-metre section in the village, following a statewide safety review.
“Crashes at level crossings have the potential to cause multiple fatalities and have devastating impacts on families and local communities,” Mr Toole said.
“This reduction forms part of a statewide program to ensure speed zones at level crossings in regional areas are now set to a maximum of 80km/h.
“There have been 83 collisions between trains and vehicles at level crossings between July 2008 and May this year, resulting in 10 fatalities and 13 people seriously injured. More than 30 per cent occurred at locations where the speed limit was 100 km/h or greater, which is why we’re carrying out these reviews.”
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said a reduced speed limit reduces the likelihood of a crash and allows drivers more time to react and stop safely at a level crossing.
“This speed limit reduction on Ross Glen Road, a no-through road that runs across the level crossing and terminates in the village, has improved safety for all residents and for school children who regularly take the bus from Rossglen,” Mrs Williams said.
“The speed limit on Ross Glen Road from the Pacific Highway to the level crossing approach has been reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h, then further reduced to 50km/h through the level crossing and the village, and also on a section of Stage Coach Road approaching the Ross Glen Road intersection.
“Safety at level crossings is a priority of the NSW Government as we look to drive the road toll towards zero.”
Port Macquarie- Hastings Council has installed a number of speed zone signs to reflect the changes and will install warning signs alerting motorists to the level crossing, school bus stop and children crossing in the coming weeks. Motorists are reminded to drive to the speed limits at all times for the safety of all road users.
Members of the community can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website www.saferroadsnsw.com.au to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their area.
Source: NSW Government