Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Kevin Anderson has been able to get Roads and Maritime Services to consider community concerns before implementing speed limit changes along the Oxley Highway.


“When the speed reductions were proposed last month I heard the communities concerns loud and clear and I immediately met with the Minister for Roads Duncan Gay to take those concerns to him,” Mr Anderson said.


“I was able to arrange a meeting between Roads and Maritime Services and concerned community representatives.  As a result of this meeting further work will now be done to look at what safety options are available including engineering, behavioural and enforcement initiatives which aim improve the safety for drivers and riders on the Oxley Highway.


“Tourism is an important part of regional economies, with cafes, eateries, accommodation places and service stations all befitting from the road users on the Oxley Highway. This section of the Oxley Highway is a significant attraction to motorbike riders both locally and interstate, as well as motoring magazine writers.


Speeding is the biggest single factor involved in road deaths each year in NSW and speed limits are one of the most proven strategies around the world for controlling speeds.


As part of the speed limit review, a proposal is for a reduction in speed between Long Flat and Walcha:


  • 100km/h to 70km/h for 27 kilometres along the mountain section

  • 100km/h to 80km/h for 12.3 kilometres for the next section

  • 110km/h to 100km/h for two kilometres starting east of Hartford Road to west of Hartford Road.


The reduction of speed was identified due to the high number of crashes recorded in these sections.


“We are committed to helping each journey be a safe one and for this to happen road users must make smart choices. A final decision on speed limit changes is expected to be announced before Christmas.”

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