Thursday, February 22, 2024

Brisbane putting brakes on suburbs

Speed limits in two inner-city Brisbane suburbs will be lowered this month to boost safety in the high-use areas, the city’s Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, announced today.

The Lord Mayor said the changes – to be introduced in Newstead and South Brisbane – were in areas that had a high number of vehicle and pedestrian movements, as well as people moving about on bikes and scooters. 

“We are committed to doing everything we can to help increase safety for all road users and get you home sooner and safer,” he said.

“We are reducing speed limits by 10km/h in Newstead and up to 20km/h in parts of South Brisbane as this gives all road users more time to make safer decisions.

“Those decisions can have lasting impacts on our loved ones, and we fully support the outcomes of the Speed Limit Review.”

From late June, a stretch of Vulture Street will drop from 60km/h to 50km/h, Stanley Street (from Annerley Road to Vulture Street) will be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h, and Graham Street and Raymond Terrace will both drop from 50 km/h to 40km/h.

“South Brisbane is home to schools as well as two of our hospitals, the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Mater Hospital, and road safety is of critical importance in the area,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said. 

“Lower speeds have been shown to reduce the likelihood of crashes and the severity of any injuries.”

In the suburbs of Newstead and Teneriffe, several streets in the Gasworks precinct between Longland Street and Commercial Road will drop from 50km/h to 40km/h.

The Lord Mayor said this area was a high-use area for pedestrians and vehicles.

“This part of Brisbane has a lot of residential buildings as well as cafes and restaurants so there’s always a lot of people moving around.”

“Safety is always our top priority and by slowing down motorists everyone moving around the Gasworks precinct at Newstead will benefit.

“I would like to thank in advance the residents and road users for doing the right thing and slowing down,” he said.

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