Sydney’s CBD traffic rarely moves faster than a crawl, especially with the light rail construction in George Street currently underway, but now it’s set to get officially slower with NSW roads minister Duncan Gay announcing today the city’s 40km/h zone is being expanded
The minister said the change is aimed at improving pedestrian safety and will begin 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,” he said.
The central CBD 40km/h zone will now stretch south from Alfred Street, beside Circular Quay in the north, taking in The Rocks area, to Railway Square. The eastern boundary is Macquarie Street, College Street (to Liverpool Street) and Elizabeth Street (to Eddy Avenue), while to the West it’s Quay Street, including the Paddy’s Market precinct.
In the past decade, 12 people have died and more than 1400 were injured within that CBD region.
The NSW government began using 40km/h zones across the city in September 2014 and the speed limit is now in place in 150 locations across the state.
Gay said red-light speed cameras within the new 40km/h area – on the intersections of Elizabeth and Park streets, and George and Pitt streets – will be put into warning mode for lower-end speed offences for four weeks.