Speed reduction: Melbourne Road, Rye to Sorrento
Published on 21 March 2017
Mornington Peninsula Shire has received approval from VicRoads to reduce the speed limit on Melbourne Road between Iolanda Street, Rye and Heather Street, Sorrento.
The speed limit reduction from 80km/h to 70km/h will become effective from early April when speed limit signage is changed. Temporary electronic signs will be displayed on Melbourne Road advising road users of the changes.
In early 2016, Mornington Peninsula Shire became the first Council in Australia to become a ‘Towards Zero Municipality’. One of the first initiatives of this commitment was addressing community group concerns about road safety on Melbourne Road.
A community survey was completed in late 2016 where mixed feedback was received; however, a comprehensive assessment of the numerous crashes and use of Melbourne Road indicated significant road safety benefits through lowering the 80 km/h speed limit. Further to this, travel time analysis indicated increases in travel times would be no greater than 40 seconds.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said as a Towards Zero municipality the Shire aims to create a safe road system including safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use.
The Shire is collaborating closely with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), VicRoads and Victoria Police on the Towards Zero initiative to reduce road trauma on the peninsula.