Nicholson Street speed limit change

We plan to reduce the speed limit on Nicholson Street, between Carlton Street and Spring Street in Carlton from 60km to 40km in June 2017. This will include signs at major intersections including Gertrude Street, Victoria Parade and Albert Street.

Project Background

Locals have raised concerns about the safety for pedestrians and cyclists along Nicholson Street.

Every day a significant number of pedestrians and cyclists use Nicholson Street to access nearby medical facilities and hospitals, schools, Carlton Gardens including Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building, as well as public transport services.

During late 2016, VicRoads reviewed existing safety risks and discussed these with local Councils and Victoria Police when an option to rationalise and reduce the speed limit was presented. After receiving support from our road safety partners, VicRoads has decided to reduce the speed limit along this stretch of Nicholson Street to increase the safety of all road users.  


Reducing the speed limit to 40km/h on Nicholson Street will:
  • Reduce the risk and severity of crashes
  • Improve the safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists including those that access nearby hospital, schools, Carlton Gardens and public transport services
  • Provide a consistent speed limit

What happens next?

The speed limit will change in June 2017. We will adjust traffic lights along this section of Nicholson Street (at Hanover Street, Gertrude Street, Victoria Parade and Albert Street) to ensure drivers are provided with appropriate time to travel through intersections under this new speed limit arrangement.

Contact us

If you’d like more information or have any questions, please get in touch [email protected]

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