11 June 2024

Speed limit reduced on Marulan and Towrang roads to improve safety

| Albert McKnight
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The NSW Government has announced speed limit changes to these roads outside Marulan. Image: Transport for NSW.

The speed limits on roads around Marulan and Towrang, north of Goulburn, have been reduced to improve safety for motorists in the region.

Sections of Towrang, Brayton, Ambrose and Red Hills roads were reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h on Tuesday (4 June), a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“The review of these speed zones was initiated in response to a request from Goulburn Mulwaree Council and the community to improve road user safety,” the spokesperson said.

“In the five-year period from October 2017 to September 2022, seven crashes were recorded along this 43.5-kilometre section of road, resulting in six serious injuries and one fatality.

“The review found a speed reduction was appropriate due to the narrow road formation, the crash history, an increase in vehicle volume, and to apply speed zone consistency within the area.”

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The Transport spokesperson said speeding was the biggest contributor to road trauma in NSW, so it was important that motorists were aware of the changed speed limit and followed the road rules.

“In NSW, speeding contributes to 41 per cent of road fatalities and 24 per cent of serious injuries from road crashes each year,” they said.

“Going just 5 km/h over the speed limit in a 60 km/h zone, on average, doubles your crash risk.”

A spokesperson for Goulburn Mulwaree Council said this request to review the speed limit on the roads had not been initiated by the council, but rather stemmed from local community members expressing their concerns.

“The council subsequently conducted a review and extended its support towards the request,” they said.

“The council holds the view that the newly implemented speed limits and ongoing road infrastructure improvements are expected to enhance safety measures.”

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These are the sections of road that have been reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h:

  • Towrang Road for a 23.4 km stretch from the intersection with Brayton Road to the intersection with the Hume Highway.
  • Brayton Road for a 16.7 km stretch from 500 m north of Maclura Drive to 1.5 km north of Towrang Road.
  • Ambrose Road and Red Hills Road for a 3.4 km stretch from the intersection with Brayton Road to the intersection with the Hume Highway.

Meanwhile, Transport for NSW has also halved the speed limit along Merino, Dorsett, Suffolk, Leicester and Southdown roads as well as Corriedale Drive and Herdwick Place, which are all outside Marulan.

“The speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 50 km/h to provide safer access to driveways and to the township of Marulan, and to better support residential development in the area,” the Transport spokesperson said.

The image at the top of this article shows the roads where the new speed limits apply.

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