Speed limits will be lowered at five level crossings across the Upper Hunter as part of a continued drive to improve safety for motorists.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said speed limits would be reduced to 80 km/h on the approaches to level crossings at Hilldale, Wallarobba and Berrico, and to 60 km/h on the approaches to level crossings at Wards River and Bulliac, following a statewide safety review.
“Crashes at level crossings have the potential to cause multiple fatalities and have devastating impacts on families and local communities,” Mr Toole said.
“There have been 83 collisions between trains and vehicles at level crossings between July 2008 and May this year, resulting in 10 fatalities and 13 people seriously injured. More than 30 per cent occurred at locations where the speed limit was 100 km/h or greater. Reducing the speed limit reduces the likelihood of a crash and give drivers more time to react and stop safely.”
Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said improving safety at level crossings was a key priority for the NSW Government as it worked to drive the road toll towards zero.
“We know how important improving level crossing safety is to our community – and it’s something we’re working hard to address,” Mr Layzell said.
“A package of speed zone signs will be installed to reflect the changes, together with warning signs alerting motorists to the level crossings, with all signs expected to be installed in the coming months.”
Motorists are reminded to drive to the speed limits at all times for the safety of all road users.
Members of the community can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website www.saferroadsnsw.com.au to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their area.