WA trials 40kmh speed limit along South Western Highway

Speed limits on the South Western Highway in Western Australian will be lowered to 40 kilometres per hour through Boyanup, Donnybrook, Balingup and Bridgetown from February, as part of a trial to improve driver and pedestrian safety.

The initiative follows meetings held last year with Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts, local MP Mick Murray and local councils, to discuss the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles in these town centres.

According to Ms. Roberts, the introduction of lower speed zone along these sections of main street will help manage risk.

“The trial has been designed to help Main Roads develop an effective speed signing plan using conventional speed signs, that will achieve the best driver compliance with a 40 kilometres per hour speed limit in a town main street environment,” she said.

The trial will be overseen by a technical working group chaired by Mr. Murray. The group will include representatives from local governments, Main Roads Western Australia and the Road Safety Commission.

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