Buswell announces speed limit increase for freeway

Speed limit on the new section of the Kwinana Freeway will be lifted to 110km/h for a three-month trial period

March 1, 2012

The maximum speed limit on the new section of the Kwinana Freeway in Western Australia will be lifted to 110km/h for a three-month trial period.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the trial, to begin this month, is in response to a Main Roads review of driver behaviour and community requests for a higher posted speed limit.

The posted speed limit will be increased from 100km/h to 110km/h from Mandjoogoordap Drive to just south of Safety Bay Road.

Buswell says speed compliance and crash data will be monitored during the trial and says the actions of motorists will be a major factor in determining whether the 110km/h limit is adopted permanently.

"The high standard of the freeway appears to lend itself to a higher tolerable maximum speed, and this trial will determine if a 110km/h limit is appropriate and if it better reflects the actual operating speed of this section of the freeway," he says.

"The maximum speed on the freeway from Mandjoogoordap Drive to the Lakes Road turnoff was increased to 110km/h in 2010, giving road users a steady maximum cruising speed of 110km/h from the major entrance to Mandurah, southwards onto the new Forrest Highway and into Bunbury."

Buswell says the government is not considering increasing the maximum speed limit on other sections of Kwinana Freeway or other parts of the freeway network which carries higher volumes of traffic.

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