Speed limit puts the brakes on Cargo Road

THE 80km/h speed limit on Cargo Road on the outskirts of town will be 60km/h as of Thursday and residents are not happy. 

But they think it’s better than the original proposal of 50km/h for the stretch of road, just west of Ploughmans Lane to 300 metres west of Witton Place.

Sandro Rossetto, Bronwyn Schumann and Ray Dally said the proposed 30km/h change was excessive. 

“I think it’s a bit of overkill, I think 70 would be fine,” Mr Rossetto said. 

“I think what does need to come in is, as you come in from out of town, there needs to be signage which shows you that there are sides streets on your left and right coming up.”

Cargo Road resident Bronwyn Schumann said the decision had dashed any hope of getting the whole stretch of Cargo Road restored to its original speed limits of 100km/h and 90km/h. 

“It’s totally dashed that hope .. [the speed limit] keeps dropping and dropping and creeping and creeping. Soon it’ll be 50 all the way to Cargo,” she said.

In March council asked Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to review the speed limits of Cargo Road and The Escort Way, in line with the growing housing estates in the areas.

The review of The Escort Way is ongoing. 

An RMS spokesperson said the review assessed factors including pedestrian activity, road environment, traffic, characteristics and crash data.

“Warning signs will be in place to advise motorists of the changes and will remain for at least a week after the new speed limit signs have been installed and motorists should follow all signs or risk being fined,” the spokesperson said in a statement. 

Witton Place resident Lynelle Maguire said she was pleased the speed had been reduced for the sake of children who crossed the road at the crest past Witton Place to catch school buses. 

“If they want to make us a suburban area they should be putting in a footpath,” she said. 

Ray Dally lives near Witton Place and said the area was not highly populated and the 80km/h speed limit was fine.

“It’s really not that bad. It’s not really built up,” he said.

nicole.kuter@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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