Reduced speed limits at Binda


Motorists will soon experience safer journeys at Binda with various speed limits set to be reduced next week.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said that from Tuesday 9 April the speed limit on Queen Street will drop from 80 km/h to 50 km/h for a 750-metre stretch from just north of Suffolk Street to Goulburn Street.

“The review of this speed zone was initiated in response to requests from Binda Public School and community members who asked if the existing 80 km/h speed limit was appropriate,” the spokesperson said.

“The review also assessed the default speed limit on surrounding local roads to improve safety for all road users in the area.

“On roads without a posted speed limit, motorists must not drive faster than the default speed limit of 50 km/h in built up areas, and 100 km/h on all other roads.

“To apply consistency to speed zoning in the area, the speed limit will be signposted to 50 km/h along local streets at Binda including Arthur, Bishop, Duncan, Goulburn, Bell and Suffolk streets. This will bring these streets in line with Kangaloolah Road.

The spokesperson said the review assessed multiple factors including usage, number of access points, road environment, traffic mix, traffic volume and crash history.

“From October 2017 to September 2022, one crash was recorded on these roads, which resulted in a casualty,” the spokesperson said.

“Reducing the speed limit to 50 km/h is appropriate for the road environment and will improve safety for all road users including school children and parents on their way to and from Binda Primary School.

“Speeding is the biggest contributor to road trauma in NSW, so it’s important motorists are aware of the changed speed limit and follow the road rules.

“Travelling at speeds that are appropriate for the mix of vehicles and people movements allows drivers to stop to avoid crashes, and if they do crash, to reduce the impact to prevent death and serious injuries.”

Work to install new signage will be carried out on Tuesday 9 April from 8am to 4pm, weather permitting.

Traffic control and single lane closures will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Message boards will be onsite one week before and one week following the speed zone reduction to notify motorists of the changed speed limit.