Batlow's business district makes way for safer journeys

23 November 2020

Motorists are advised to slow down in Batlow’s central business district as the speed limit is lowered later this month to improve pedestrian safety and access to local shops.

Transport for NSW A/ South West Director Jonathan Tasker said a review of the speed limit at the intersections of Batlow Road with Selwyn and Pioneer streets was carried out in response to community feedback.

“We will be reducing the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in the Batlow central business district,” Mr Tasker said.

“The review assessed a number of factors including crash history, road geometry, road usage, adjacent development, traffic mix and volumes, and the number of access points in Batlow’s central business district.

“This new 40 km/h speed limit will allow pedestrians to cross the road safely, as well as improve access to local Batlow shops and services.

“A vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50 km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40 km/h.

“An evaluation of 40km/h speed limits in high pedestrian areas also found that crashes causing serious injuries and deaths reduced by a third between 2005 and 2015.”

The review area includes Batlow Road between Selwyn and Pioneer streets for 328 metres, Selwyn Street between Batlow Road and Pioneer Street for 215 metres and Pioneer Street between Batlow Road and Selwyn Street for a distance of 248 metres.

The new speed limit signs will be installed in the area on Monday 30 November 2020, weather permitting.

Signs will be in place to advise motorists of the changed traffic conditions, and road users are encouraged to keep an eye out for the changes and follow the new directions.

Members of the community 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 Safer Roads NSW.

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