The City of Launceston has undertaken a review of speed limits across Launceston to ensure alignment with the Launceston Transport Strategy goals of a liveable, healthy and connected city.
The review has focused on areas of the city where there are high levels of interaction between vehicles and with pedestrians, and crash records indicate a disproportionate number of incidents. Pedestrians are vulnerable road users and the speed of vehicles is a critical component in creating a safe environment.
The review has identified a number of roads that warrant a speed limit reduction to better align with the use of that road – for each road the crash history and typical travel speeds have been considered to inform the review.
A map of the proposed areas to change can be found here: https://bit.ly/3myZGgb
The proposed reductions from 60kmh to 50kmh are:
- Bathurst Street
- Wellington Street between Cameron & Frankland Streets
- High Street between David & Arthur streets, East Launceston
- Invermay Road between Forster Street & Vermont Road, Invermay
- Elphin Road, Penquite Road and Hoblers Bridge Road in the vicinity of the Newstead Shopping Centre
The proposed reductions from 50kmh to 40kmh are:
- Launceston CBD area bounded by Cimitiere, York, Wellington, & Tamar Streets
- Mowbray shopping centre, Invermay Road between Vermont Road and Haig Street
- Kings Meadows shopping centre, Hobart Road between Riseley Street and Opossum Road
With speed limits are a hotly debated topic, community members are invited to provide their feedback on the proposed changes by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 8.