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Speed limit changes to hit multiple Sydney roads

The City of Sydney is set to drop the speed limit to 40 km/h on a number of its locally and regionally controlled roads

Roads controlled by the City of Sydney are set for a reduction in speed limit, with the council set to establish a blanket speed of 40 km/h across the local area.

The changes will apply to the remaining regional and local roads that currently have a default speed limit of 50 km/h in Glebe, Forest Lodge, Beaconsfield and Waterloo.

Some sections of 50 km/h roads in Annandale, Redfern, Alexandria, Zetland and Woolloomooloo will also have limits reduced to 40 km/h.

Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore says the further reduction of speed limits will help keep all road-users safe.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to make our roads as safe as they possibly can be for people walking, riding and driving,” Moore says.

“Studies have shown survival rates for people hit by vehicles dramatically improve at lower speeds.

“Currently, 75 per cent of local and regional roads in our area already have a 40 km/h speed limit or lower. That’s up from just five per cent in 2004.

“This has been achieved through our work with the NSW government, which is funding the latest round of speed limit changes.”

Temporary electronic signs will be positioned at key locations to alert motorists to the new 40 km/h speed changes for a minimum of two weeks.

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