Buses to crawl in Sydney

An extension of speed restrictions in Sydney’s CBD may slow some bus services further

A 40 kilometre speed limit in Sydney’s CBD will be extended to cover more of the city in an effort to curb pedestrian fatalities, the New South Wales (NSW) Government announced recently.

The expanded zone incorporates the full light-rail construction work area, as well as the new bus routes, and comes into effect in April.

 "For less than an extra minute of travel time for motorists, we’re doubling the chance of survival for pedestrians in Sydney CBD," NSW minister for roads Duncan Gay says.

"In the past ten years we’ve sadly seen 12 tragic deaths and more than 1400 injuries within this new larger speed zoned area.

"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."

Partial speed limits were introduced in the city in September last year, to improve pedestrian safety and allow for the start of light-rail construction.

"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," Sydney CBD coordinator Marg Prendergast says

"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."

Centre for Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon says all road users have a role to play when it comes to improving pedestrian safety.

"Road rules apply to everyone, whether you’re behind the wheel, walking or riding. If you're on foot- use crossings and only walk when the pedestrian light is green," he says.

Red-light speed cameras will be put into warning mode for lower-end speed offences for four weeks to give drivers time to get used to the speed limit changes.

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