Geraldton MP calls for speed limit reviews

Geraldton Guardian

The State Government is reviewing speed limits on railway crossings between Dongara and Eneabba, on Brand Highway, Indian Ocean Drive and Kailis Drive

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said he was pleased Transport Minister Rita Saffioti responded to his representations questioning the need for speed zoning at the crossings by having the matter reviewed.

“I wrote to Minister Saffioti to bring her attention to the issue of speed zones at three rail crossings on the Brand Highway, Indian Ocean Drive,” he said.

“The Dongara – Eneabba rail line which crosses these roads is no longer operational.

“I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have questioned the rationale behind these recent reductions in speed limits on these crossings, which have since proven to be common locations for speed traps.”

Mr Blayney said each crossing was equipped with flashing signal lights to warn motorists of rail movements.

“The very infrequent maintenance that takes place should be able to be controlled by these warning lights,” he said.

“I am very pleased that Minister Saffioti has indicated there is a review of maintenance operations on this rail line, and the need for the speed zoning that is currently in place, is under way.”

Mr Blayney said the review should be completed by the end of March.

“It is my hope that this review will see these speed restrictions lifted, and speed cameras used solely for the purpose of road safety,” Mr Blayney said.

Ms Saffioti has been contacted for comment.

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