Main Roads WA reviewing City of Bayswater request to drop speed limit to 40km/h in town centre

The speed limit on King William Street in Bayswater is at 60 km/h but the City of Bayswater wants it reduced to 40km/h. Picture: Kristie Lim
The speed limit on King William Street in Bayswater is at 60 km/h but the City of Bayswater wants it reduced to 40km/h. Picture: Kristie Lim

MAIN Roads WA (MRWA) is reviewing a request from the City of Bayswater to reduce the speed limit in the Bayswater Town Centre to 40km/h.

In June 2017, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull proposed a notice of motion to implement a 40km/h zone, tree planting and streetscaping in the town centre.

The City has proposed the 40km/h speed limit apply along Railway Parade from Coode Street to Beechboro Road South as far as Raleigh Road, Whatley Crescent from Veitch Street to Hamilton Street, and along Coode Street and King William Street from Mills Avenue to Hill Street.

MRWA is responsible for approval, installation and maintenance of signs, pavement markings and traffic signals on local roads while the City is responsible for the initial investigation and determination of traffic movements and safety considerations for King William Street.

MRWA spokesman Dean Roberts said Main Roads and the City were working collaboratively to finalise the process as soon as practicable.

“A review of the current speed limits on King William Street and around the Bayswater Town Centre is being undertaken,” he said.

“Following the outcome of the speed limit review, discussions will be held between Main Roads and the City.

“At this point in time, Main Roads has not been approached by the council to review traffic measures or calming devices on King William Street.”

Mr Roberts said the review was independent of the proposed Bayswater train station upgrade, which was being undertaken by the Public Transport Authority.

Cr Bull said community groups and business networks identified traffic calming as a top priority, as part of the City’s place activation plan for the town centre.

“Reducing the speed limit would contribute to making the town centre more attractive to residents, shoppers and visitors, and that in turn will benefit the local economy,” he said.

“The City has written to MRWA requesting that a reduced speed limit of 40km/h be posted for specified sections of roads in and around Bayswater Town Centre.

“We’re now waiting for a response from MRWA and we will be continuing discussions with them on a way forward.”

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said she was pleased with the review and a trial would be well-timed as it would lead into the proposed construction works for the station.

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