Road safety vital at Kamilaroi Rail Crossing

30 November 2018

Safety will be improved for motorists on the Kamilaroi Highway at Curlewis in the coming weeks with a 100km/h speed limit reduced to 80km/h at the railway level crossing.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the speed limit is being reduced from Monday [3 December] on the 1.4-kilometre section of highway, to increase driver awareness of the crossing.

“Curlewis is a growing community which means more motorists are using this level crossing.

“We need to make sure those people living there and driving past are kept as safe as possible and that’s why we’re asking people to slow down when approaching this level crossing.

“Crashes at level crossings are thankfully not frequent, but they are potentially catastrophic.

“We’re aiming to reduce our road toll to zero and if we can reduce the risk at a level crossing on an important highway in our region, then this is a good start.

“The use of the railway line by industry in the Gunnedah Basin is also growing and is a reflection of the prosperity of the Gunnedah region.

“Roads and Maritime Services carried out a speed zone review which found a recent development application for Curlewis would increase the volume of local traffic.

”Combined with a major increase in train movements from the Gunnedah Basin, a proactive speed zone change was necessary.

“Reducing the road speeds to a maximum of 80km/h allows the motorist more time to react and decreases the likelihood of vehicles not being able to stop at level crossings,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The review was carried out in consultation with the Gunnedah Shire Council and NSW Police and in accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines and the Speed Limit on Approach to Active Level Crossings Police.

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