New 40 km/h speed zones to increase safety in Forbes CBD
20 May 2020
Travelling by foot or car through the centre of Forbes is set to be safer from next week with the speed limit to change from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.
Transport for NSW Director Western Alistair Lunn said Transport for NSW carried out a review of the speed zone which recommended lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h to increase safety for all road users.
"This change is a win for the community of Forbes and visitors alike, providing improved safety for all road users, with minimal disruptions to travel times," Mr Lunn said.
"Forbes CBD is a meeting place for the local community and visitors - where people go shopping, enjoy cafes, and other retail businesses - and it is important to ensure everyone can safely enjoy their day in town."
The new speed limit will take effect from next Monday, 25 May, inside the boundaries of Lawler Street, Lachlan and Cross Streets, Browne Street, Brownes Lane and the Newell Highway (Sherriff Street), improving safety for all road users. Not included in the new changes are Browne Street, Brownes Lane or the Newell Highway.
Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller, OAM, said the review of the speed limit was requested by council to support future development and create a safer environment in the Forbes CBD.
"The new speed limit is a win for the community, improving safety for people walking around the town centre," Mayor Miller said.
"The new speed zone will support the future development of the Forbes CBD, making it a safer and more attractive place for residents and visitors."
Members of the community can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their nominated area and to have a say on speed limits.
For more information visit the Safer Roads NSW website.