Queensland eyes speed limit reviews

Up to 100 roads could be affected after 3,375 submissions to TMR on the subject

September 19, 2013

Queensland looks set for a shake-up of speed limits on up to 100 roads following public consultations.

From analysis of 3,375 submissions on the subject, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will make recommendations on the routes in need of review, according to its minister, Scott Emerson.

"About 52 per cent of the submissions identified speed limits being too low and 32 per cent being too high," Emerson says.

"Most of the remaining submissions focussed on too many speed limit changes on a section of road.

"Over the next month TMR will narrow the list down to 100 roads to be reviewed as part of our Road Safety Action Plan.

"Safety engineers will then consider the potential for lower or higher speed limits where the road conditions have changed since the limit was initially set."

The speed review is one of 60 actions announced in June as part of the State’s $350 million, two-year plan.

"The Bruce Highway was mentioned in 4.5 per cent of the responses reflecting its importance to Queensland’s economy and need to keep traffic and industry flowing," Emerson adds.

"The Bruce was followed by the Pacific Motorway with 2.9 per cent of responses and the Warrego Highway with 1.6 per cent.

"The majority of submissions came from the Brisbane Metro area with more than 36 per cent, followed by the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns."

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