Safer Speed Limit for Reservoir Shopping Strip
Preston Labor MP Robin Scott has welcomed the reduction in the speed limit along the busy Broadway shopping strip in Reservoir.
Cars and trucks are now restricted to 40 Km/h along the western end of Broadway, abutting Reservoir railway station.
The recently-installed variable electronic speed signs now provide clear information to drivers entering the new zone, along with permanent advisory signs reminding drivers of the changed conditions.
Mr Scott said the $140,000 upgrade will protect drivers, pedestrians and cyclists as they travel through the busy precinct.
“I raised the issue of road safety in Broadway in Parliament over a year ago”, Mr Scott said, “I pointed out that it is a very busy shopping strip, and that there is quite a lot of through traffic, as Broadway links two major roads. The Darebin leisure centre and the East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre are also both close by.”
“Darebin Council had also requested a 40 Km/h limit on Broadway, however the then-Coalition Government would not commit to a speed limit reduction.”
The new 40 km/h limit will apply between 8.00 am and midnight seven days a week and return to 60 km/h outside these times.
This section of Broadway has a significant crash history with 20 occurring in the five years ending 31 December 2014, including one fatality and six that resulted in serious injuries.
Six of the crashes, including the fatality, involved pedestrians.
Around 15,000 vehicles per day travel on Broadway, which has a mix of retailers including supermarkets, restaurants and cafes.
The upgrade was paid for from the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, which is funded by the Transport Accident Commission. The Program aims to deliver projects that reduce the number of crashes on our roads.