Newtown to Slow Down - From to 50km/h to 40km/h

20 January 2009

Newtown motorists and anyone passing through the busy suburb will be asked to slow down from next Thursday (29 January) when a 40km/h speed limit comes into effect on the majority of the suburb's streets.

After years of discussion with Newtown residents through liaising with community groups and a public consultation through the SaferRoads programme, Councillors voted to put a blanket 40km/h speed limit on most of the suburb's streets.

The Council's Associate Portfolio Leader for Urban Development and Transport, Councillor Hayley Wain, says the new speed limits will better reflect the speed that people already travel in the area.

"The proposal to lower the speed limits on these roads went out for public consultation last year, and the vast majority of respondents favoured the proposal with many even requesting it be reduced further to 30km/h," says Cr Wain.

The 40km/h speed limit aims to improve the safety and liveability of residential streets. Speed limits on arterial routes (Constable, Roy and parts of Riddiford streets) will remain at 50km/h.

Councillor Wain says that as well as lowering the speed limits, the general environment on these streets will be changed to bring speeds down.

"This year, engineering changes such as new traffic lights, speed humps, kerb extensions and other streetscape improvements will be made across Newtown," she says.

"The vast majority of these changes were requested by residents who were directly affected by problems with speed or visibility. As well as this, all uncontrolled intersections will have give way or stop signs to provide clear directions for motorists and remove any ambiguity about right of way."

The new speed limits will apply to all road users at all times and will be enforced by the Police. More detailed information about the new speed limits can be found on the Council website, or by calling (04) 499 4444.