Safer speed limits for shopping strips in Hawthorn and Kew

14 March 2017

New 40km/h speed limits will be introduced by mid 2017 along shopping strips in Hawthorn and Kew, to provide a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians.

VicRoads Metro South East Regional Director Aidan McGann said these projects are a part of the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP), which is funded by the Transport Accident Commission, and developed and delivered by VicRoads.

“Hawthorn and Kew are popular suburbs for people accessing shops, schools, public transport and recreational areas and we’re making them much safer for pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr McGann said. 

“These changes will not dramatically increase your travel time, but they will dramatically improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists which is important given the high crash rate at both locations.”

Auburn Road in Hawthorn, between Oxley Road and Rathmines Road, will be reduced to 40km/h between 8am and 8pm every day, with six new electronic variable speed signs to be installed in the coming months. 

“This section of Auburn Road has had 24 crashes resulting in injuries in five years, since 30 June 2016, and four of these crashes involved pedestrians,” said Mr McGann. 

In Kew, a new 40km/h speed limit will apply between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Friday on High Street, between Adeney Avenue and Boorool Road, near the Harp Junction and existing school speed zones.  

Additionally, the operating times of the existing speed limit on High Street between the Kew Junction and Derby Street, will also be extended to seven days a week between 7am and 7pm, rather than 8am-7pm.

These changes will make this shopping district safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Over the last five years, 39 crashes resulting in injuries occurred at this location. Nine of these crashes involved pedestrians including one fatality.

Outside of these hours the speed limit will return to 60km/h along both Auburn Road in Hawthorn East and High Street in Kew and Kew East.

The changes will come into effect by mid 2017.

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