Slowing down South St

Residents at the Hilton, Samson, and O'Connor precinct groups, and all others that I've spoken to; agree that the speed limit on South St needs to be reduced from 70 to 60 km/h east of Hines Rd. This has already proven to be a dangerous stretch of road with a pedestrian fatality only a few years ago. Many motorists heading east are already doing 70km/h after they cross Carrington St and pass through the Hilton shops.

A reduction in speed would not make any real difference to traffic flow as vehicles nearly always need to stop for a red light at Carrington St or Stock Rd anyway. Councillor Massie and I have asked the council officers to apply to Main Roads to reduce the speed limit to 60 km/h all the way from Hines Rd to McCombe Ave Samson. We've also asked that speeds through the Hilton Village itself be dropped to 40 or 50 km/h.

Main Roads knocked back a a request a few years ago to reduce the speed on this section of South St. We may need to build up some community pressure so they realise that we can not put up with the current situation. I'll keep you in touch with the progress on this issue.

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