Safer level crossings rolled out across region

1 July 2021

Speed limits for drivers approaching 13 level crossings on the state and local road network across the region have been reduced as part of a Statewide program to improve safety at level crossings.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said from 2001 to 2020, there were 154 crashes between trains and vehicles at level crossings in NSW, which resulted in 14 fatalities and 24 serious injuries.

“Crashes at level crossings have the potential to cause multiple fatalities and have devastating impacts on families and local communities,” Mr Toole said.

“More than 30 per cent of these crashes occurred at locations where the speed limit was 100 km/h or greater, which is why we’ve reduced speed limits  at 13 level crossings across the region by at least 20km/h.”

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said some trains can take up to 14 football fields, or 1.4 kilometres to stop, which means that even if trains see you, they can’t stop.

“Reducing speed limits is one way we can improve safety at level crossings, allowing drivers more time to react and stop safely,” Ms Cooke said.

“It is fantastic to see revised speed limits at a number of level crossings right across the region, which is all about ensuring people get home safely at the end of the day.”

Motorists can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their nominated area and to have a say on speed limits.

For more information, visit Level Crossings.

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