A new reduced speed zone of 30 km/h will be implemented in Liverpool to provide a safer environment for local residents to walk, cycle and commute.
“As COVID-19 restrictions ease, we are seeing a higher volume of people walking, cycling and exercising in the area,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.
“To support the increase in activity and improve safety, the existing 50 km/h and 40 km/h speed limits will be reduced as Transport for NSW works to transform Sydney’s streets through active transport measures.
“We know Liverpool is one of our most walkable cities and we want to continue to keep our community safe as they go about their daily walks, commutes, exercise and general recreation here in the CBD area and around a number of local schools.”
There are a number of school zones within the two new 30 km/h zones, with the school zones to also operate at 30 km/h as part of the change.
New 30 km/h school zones will be introduced for:
- Liverpool Public School;
- Liverpool Girls High School;
- Liverpool Boys High School;
- All Saints Catholic Primary School, Liverpool;
- All Saints Catholic College, Liverpool.
“Special 30 km/h orange school zone signs and road markings will be installed to emphasise the reduced school zone speed limit.
“Pedestrians have a 40 per cent risk of dying in a crash with an impact speed of 40 km/h, but this falls to a 10 per cent risk when the impact speed is 30 km/h,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.
“We’ve been working with local councils to identify busy pedestrian locations and we want to provide the community with a safer environment to exercise and move around while ensuring they’re able to practise physical distancing.”
Once the new speed limits are operational, the existing speed camera on Bigge Street in Liverpool in front of All Saints College will enforce the new 30 km/h speed limit during school zone times.
Temporary speed humps will also be installed on Bigge Street between Campbell and Elizabeth streets to support the reduced speed zone.
The Spokesperson said these are just some of the measures being put into place across Sydney.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with local councils to identify busy locations where we can implement changes to ensure people can safely distance themselves.”
The new safe speed zones follow the release of the NSW Government’s COVIDSafe Transport Plan which outlines the enhancement of pedestrian access to allow more people to take up active transport.
Speed cameras within the new reduced speed zones will operate in warning mode for one month from the date of installation during which time drivers caught travelling over the new 30 km/h speed limit will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour.
Fines and demerit points will be sent to offending drivers once the warning letter period has finished.
Speed camera locations are available to view on www.saferroadsnsw.com.au