Residents back calls for speed reduction

February 13, 2024 11:09 am in by

Local residents at Leith have supported calls for the lower speed limits at the soon to be completed upgraded Leith junction on the Bass Highway.

Devonport Mayor Alison Jarman and Central Coast Mayor Cheryl Fuller have called for a speed limit reduction and permanent speed cameras to further enhance the safety improvements.

The State Government originally proposed a $15 million overpass, which would have seen several homes near the highway compulsorily acquired.

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However, the State Government said the overpass wasn’t a done deal and following a concerted public campaign and further community consultation saw the Government back down and devise an alternative, costing $4.2 million.

Leith resident John Richardson says an 80 km/hr speed limit would be consistent with similar major junctions on the Bass Highway.

Mr Richardson says speed limits imposed during the upgrade works did not result in highway congestion – an argument the State Government uses to refuse a speed limit reduction.