Council pressures VicRoads on safety

The City of Melbourne has called on VicRoads to reduce speed limits in a western pocket of the CBD after the failure of private requests to address safety issues late last year.

The request made on December 3 was to reduce the speed limit from 60km/h to 40km/h around the Dudley St roundabout on:

Peel St between Dudley St roundabout and Victoria St.

William St between Dudley St roundabout and La Trobe St.

Deputy Lord Mayor Aaron Wood said council had worked through the “proper channels” with VicRoads but “hadn’t been able to get there.”

“So that’s why this resolution is here,” Cr Wood said.

“This has been going since 2010 so it does show you how long change takes to happen.”

Traders at Queen Victoria Market made a formal request to reduce the speed limit more than two years ago.

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a truck while crossing Peel St in June last year, and Cr Wood said the speed limit reductions had the “full support” of Victoria Police.

Council also pointed to statistics elsewhere in the CBD. Five years after the implementation of the 40km/h speed limit in the central city, collisions involving pedestrians had dropped by 36.5 per cent.

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