RMS rejected an appeal for speed limit cut in Caringbah CBD

Prior concerns: James Johnson (left) and Caringbah solicitor Peter Jessep in 2014, calling for the speed limit through the Caringbah CBD to be cut to 50k/ph. Picture: Chris Lane

Prior concerns: James Johnson (left) and Caringbah solicitor Peter Jessep in 2014, calling for the speed limit through the Caringbah CBD to be cut to 50k/ph. Picture: Chris Lane

Authorities rejected a request two years ago for the speed limit in the Caringbah CBD to be cut from 60km/h to 50km/h.

This was revealed following the death of Danielle McGrath on a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of the Kingsway and Port Hacking Road South.

Caringbah resident James Johnson produced the correspondence, saying Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) erred in 2014.

“RMS has a conflict of interest between protecting pedestrians and maintaining traffic flow,” he said.

”Again, I call for a speed limit reduction, based on the area’s accident record and anecdotal near misses.”

Mr Johnson wrote to RMS in late 2014 and also raised the matter in the Leader.

He urged a 50km/h speed limit in President Avenue near the intersection of the Kingsway, and also for flashing lights to be installed on the approach to the pedestrian crossing near McDonald’s.

In December 2015, RMS replied, saying the pedestrian crossing traffic lights would be upgraded, but rejecting the proposed lower speed limit,

RMS’s stance was supported by Roads Minister Duncan Gay, who also wrote to Mr Johnson after Cronulla MP Mark Speakman forwarded the constituent’s email.

The RMS letter said a speed limit review was conducted on the full length of President Avenue between Acacia Road, Kirrawee,, and the Kingsway, Caringbah, in October 2014.

It said speed surveys undertaken by Sutherland Shire Council indicated 85 per cent of vehicles were travelling at 49km/h.

“Roads and Maritime considers that vehicles are travelling at an appropriate speed along this length,” the letter said.

“The technical speed limit review found the 60km/h speed limit on the full length of President Avenue is considered to be appropriate.”

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