Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Mayor welcomes new speed limit for dangerous Dandenong road

Greater Dandenong City Council has welcomed proposed changes to the speed limit on Stud Road in Dandenong North, which follow the tragic death of a child on the roadway last year.

The Victorian Department of Transport and Planning will undertake works next week to introduce a lower speed limit of 60kmh on the stretch of Stud Rd between Heatherton Rd and Cheam St.

The reduction from 80kmh will encourage safer driving conditions and provide motorists with more time to react in dangerous situations, says Greater Dandenong Mayor, Lana Formoso.

The Mayor has welcomed the reduced speed limit as an interim measure, while Council would continue to advocate for safer road conditions.

“Following the tragic death of a child on this stretch of road last year, Council continues to push for a more permanent safety solution,” she said.

The scene of last year’s fatal crash on Stud Road (9News).

“We have been calling for a safer pedestrian crossing and traffic lights at the intersection of Stud Rd and McFees Rd for many years. We implore the State Government to fund this project as a matter of urgency. We are sincerely hoping to hear the project is funded in the
Victorian Government’s budget to be handed down in May.

“The reduction in the speed limit is welcome, but it doesn’t provide a safe crossing for pedestrians, cyclists or bus commuters. We need a safe option for people to cross this road.”

Mayor Formoso said the loss of a young life last December deeply affected the Greater
Dandenong community.

She said crash data had shown many lives had been impacted over the years by crashes on the stretch of road.

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