Lower speed limit on the way near vehicle ferry crossings

3 May 2019

Motorists will see changes to speed limits near six vehicle ferry locations from mid May with new 10 km/h shared zones being introduced to improve pedestrian safety.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government is introducing the new speed limits to ensure motorist and pedestrian safety near vehicle ferry approaches.

“Thousands of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists use vehicle ferry crossings across Sydney each day so it is important to ensure the safety of pedestrians at these locations,” the spokesperson said.

“From Wednesday 15 May, speed limits will be lowered on the approach roads to Berowra Waters Ferry, Wisemans Ferry, Lower Portland Ferry, Mortlake Ferry, Sackville Ferry and Webbs Creek Ferry.

“Roads and Maritime reviewed all speed limits on the approach roads and determined the need for new shared zones to further protect pedestrians.”

The spokesperson said motorists will see new 10 km/h shared zone speed limit signs on the following roads:

  • Bay Road and Berowra Waters Road at Berowra Waters
  • Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry Road and Settlers Road at Wisemans Ferry
  • West Portland Road at Lower Portland
  • Hilly Street at Mortlake and Pellisier Road at Putney
  • Sackville Ferry Road and Sackville Road at Sackville, and
  • River Road and St Albans Road at Webbs Ferry.

The spokesperson said the new shared zones will be implemented across all vehicle ferry decks and around 20 metres from each vehicle ferry boarding area.

“The new shared zones are expected to create safer environments for pedestrians and cyclists who share the road with motorists boarding and disembarking the ferries,” the spokesperson said.

“Motorists are reminded the new 10 km/h shared zones are legally enforceable and are reminded to drive to speed limits at all times for the safety of all road users.”

Work to install new shared zone speed limit signs will be carried out until Wednesday 15 May, weather permitting.

Community members can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their area.

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