Motorists reminded to slow down in new 50km/h zone along Waterloo Road at Macquarie Park
13 September 2018
A new 50 km/h speed limit will be introduced along Waterloo Road at Macquarie Park from next week to improve road safety while the Epping to Chatswood rail line is upgraded for Sydney Metro Northwest.
Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Sydney John Hardwick said the new speed limit would be in place from Tuesday 18 September due to an increased number of pedestrians crossing roads during the upgrade.
“From 30 September, high-frequency Station Link buses will connect customers to impacted stations for around seven months,” Mr Hardwick said.
“Safety is our number one priority and lowering the speed limit to 50 km/h will increase pedestrian and driver safety while there are higher volumes of pedestrians in the area.
“The new speed limit is just one way pedestrian safety on Waterloo Road is being improved – work is also being carried out to build two new pedestrian refuges, install pedestrian fencing and safety signs as well as install bus friendly speed cushions on approach to the pedestrian refuges.
“Motorists are reminded to look out for the new signs along the busy stretch of road through the Macquarie Park business, shopping and education hub.”
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the new speed limit will be in place on Waterloo Road from Herring Road to the intersection of Wicks Road.
“We recognise there will be more pedestrians crossing Waterloo Road during the upgrade of the rail line so reducing speed on this road will ensure a safer journey for all road users,” Ms Prendergast said.
“This reduction in speed aims to reduce both the severity and likelihood of crashes on these roads at a time when there will be a lot of pedestrians out and about.
“Motorists are reminded the 50 km/h speed limit on sign-posted roads is legally enforceable aby NSW Police.”
Work to install the new signs and road marking will be carried out on Monday 17 September between 8pm and 5am, weather permitting.
Community members are encouraged to sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website for updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their nominated area.
For more information about speed zones visit Roads and Maritime.