40km/h speed limits to be extended to 165 new locations across WA

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$10 million of funding has been allocated to improve road safety at lollipop person-controlled school crossings across the state.

The safety improvements include the expansion of the 40km/h speed limit to all warden-controlled school crossings that are currently outside of existing school zones.

The funding will allow for electronic speed limit signage to be installed at 93 crossings where the current speed limits are 60km/hr and above, and for static signage to be installed at 72 crossings where speed limits are currently 50km/h. The new 40km/h limits will apply to weekday pick up and drop off times during school terms – 7:30AM to 9AM and 2:30PM to 4PM.

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“This program is pivotal to ensure increased safety for school children going to and from schools, as well as for our wardens,” explained Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“Creating safer road environments encourages parents and children to embrace more active modes of travel to and from school.”

“Importantly the $10 million is being made available from the Road Trauma Trust Account,” added Minister for Road Safety David Michael.

“Which means fines from speed and red-light cameras are being used to improve road safety for some of our most vulnerable road users.”

Eleven crossings have been identified for priority signage this year (listed below), with the remaining zones to be installed over the coming years.

  • Australian Islamic College – Kewdale Campus – Orrong Road, near Corser Street;
  • Australind Primary School/Senior High School – Paris Road, near Barnes Avenue;
  • Banksia Grove Primary School – Joondalup Drive, near Parakeelya Road;
  • Churchlands Senior High School – Pearson Road, near Hale Road;
  • Highgate Primary School – William Street, near Lincoln Street;
  • Joseph Banks Secondary College – Pinjar Road, near Splendens Avenue;
  • Kardinya Primary School – two crossing locations on North Lake Road, near Le Souef Drive and South Street, near Pinewood Avenue;
  • Kent Street Senior High School – Berwick Street, near Rathay Street;
  • Richmond Primary School – Canning Highway, near Windsor Road;
  • Safety Bay Senior High School – Read Street, near Malibu Road; and
  • West Busselton Primary School – Bussell Highway, two crossing locations, near Johnston Avenue and Fairway Drive.