Reduced speed limit at Parkes level crossing

23 November 2021

The speed limit for drivers approaching the Eugowra Road level crossing at Parkes will be reduced to improve safety for motorists.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 60 km/h from 400 metres either side of the level crossing from Monday, 29 November following a statewide safety review.

“As this is a curved road with curve warning signs on approach to the level crossing, a limit of 60 km/h or less must be adopted due to the changed road conditions,” Mr Toole said.

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

“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, which is why we’re carrying out these reviews.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Sam Farraway said a reduced speed limit where there are curve warning signs reduces the likelihood of a crash and allows drivers more time to react and stop safely at a level crossing.

“This speed limit reduction on Eugowra Road, which is a rural arterial road forming a link between Henry Parkes Way and The Escort Way, will improve safety for all residents, local freight operators and farmers, especially during harvest season,” Mr Farraway said.

“This change adds to speed limit reductions at level crossings in Parkes that were carried out in April this year. Speed limits at Henry Parkes Way, Bogan Road, Brolgan Road and Back Trundle Road were reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h and at Coopers Road from 100km/h to 60 km/h.

“Safety at level crossings is a priority of the NSW Government as we look to drive the road toll towards zero.”

Road users are being asked to keep an eye out for the changes and follow the directions of signs. For more information about changes to permanent speed limits and to have a say on speed limits, go to the Safer Roads NSW website at nswroads.work/speedlimit

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