Proposed speed limit changes

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Council is proposing speed limit changes on some Surf Coast roads following the adoption of both the Surf Coast Shire Road Safety Strategy and the Safer Cycling Strategy, and a risk-based review of a number of key local roads within the network.

Surveys have now closed - thanks to everyone who provided feedback. Updates will be provided once all feedback has been reviewed. 

Area 1: Horseshoe Bend Road and surrounds

Feedback on these proposed changes has now closed. We will provide an update once all feedback has been reviewed. 


Proposed changes in this area:

Horseshoe Bend Road, Torquay (South Beach Road to The Esplanade)

  • Current: 60kph signed speed limit
  • Proposed: 50kph signed speed limit

On the 60km/hr segment of Horseshoe Bend Road there were eleven injury crashes over the past ten years of which one resulted in death and three resulted in serious injuries. See stats across the network using interactive crash maps 

Blackgate Road, Horseshoe Bend Road to Point Impossible Rd

  • Current: 100kph default limit
  • Proposed: 80kph signed speed limit

Blackgate Road had eleven injury crashes over the past ten years of which four resulted in serious injuries. See stats across the network using interactive crash maps 

Download a PDF version of this information(PDF, 1003KB) 

Blackgate Road and Horseshoe Bend Road Speed Limit Proposal

Area 2: Atkins, Buckley Rd Sth & Cape Otway Roads

Feedback on these proposed changes has now closed. We will provide an update once all feedback has been reviewed. 


Proposed changes in this area:

Atkins Road, Winchelsea

  •  Current: 100kph default limit
  • Proposed: 80kph signed speed limit

Atkins Road had four crashes over the past ten years of which one resulted in death. See stats across the network using interactive crash maps

Buckley Road South, Atkins Road to Cape Otway Road

  • Current: 100kph default limit
  • Proposed: 80kph signed speed limit

Buckley Road South had only a single crash, however, has been included in the route for speed limit review for a number of reasons including the continuous nature of the route between Atkins Rd, Buckley Rd South & Cape Otway Rd, resident raised concerns around safety and speed and risk assessment of length. See stats across the network using interactive crash maps

Cape Otway Road, Moriac to Shire Boundary

  • Current: 100kph default limit
  • Proposed: 80kph signed speed

Cape Otway Road, Moriac township

  • Current: 60kph signed speed limit
  • Proposed: 50kph signed speed limit

Thirty eight injury crashes occurred on Cape Otway Road between 2010 and 2020. Four people lost their lives in these collisions and twenty resulted in serious injuries. See stats across the network using interactive crash maps

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Cape Otway Road and Atkins Road Speed Limit Proposal

Why does speed matter?

  • The risk of an injury crash doubles with each 5km/h increase in speed over 60 km/h.
  • In normal conditions, a car travelling at 80km/h will take 68 metres to stop in an emergency.
  • Injury levels during a crash are determined by the impact speed (i.e. what speed have you slowed to by the time you impact an object such as a tree or power pole.) Serious or fatal injuries can happen as a result of a:
    • Head on collision at 70km/hr
    • Side impact collison at 50km/hr
    • Side impact collision with tree 30km/hr
    • Impact with pedestrian 30km/hr
  • The higher the speed the longer it will take to reduce your speed in the event of a potential impact.
  • As volumes of traffic on a high speed route increase, risk increases and the ability to select a safe gap when accessing properties reduces. The arterial road network such as the Princes Highway is designed to cater for higher volumes of high speed traffic with wider road reserves and service roads to cater for property access.

 

Why are changes being considered?

  • High number of crashes identified along these routes and high speeds are a contributing factor to crashes.
  • Increasingly diverse road users including vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and cyclists. Likely outcome of a high speed crash is death or serious injury.
  • Increasing community requests for a speed change and safer road environment.

Council has also received Black Spot funding for some high risk routes which we will use to encourage safer driving alongside these proposed speed changes.