Department of State GrowthTransport

Speed Limit Reviews

Speed limits are reviewed for a variety of reasons including requests from local council, Police or the community, due to development, or changing road environments.

Reviews are the responsibility of the relevant road manager and for State Roads that sits with the Department of State Growth. Speed limits can only be changed by the Commissioner for Transport following a speed limit change application from the relevant road manager.

Speed limits currently under review

Huon Highway, south of Huonville

The Department of State Growth is reviewing the current speed limit on the Huon Highway to the south of Huonville.

The Department of State Growth is applying to the Commissioner for Transport to reduce the speed limit from 100 to 80 km/h for about 1.8 km on the Huon Highway, from south of Huonville to south of the Waste Transfer Station.

Following a crash at the Waste Transfer Station in January 2018, Huon Valley Council and local residents have advocated for a reduced speed limit along the Huon Highway near the Waste Transfer Station.

There have been eight reported crashes on this section of road in the last five years.  Research tells us that even small reductions of 10 km/h in travelling speeds can lead to a 25 percent reduction in serious casualties.

Once the Commissioner for Transport has reviewed the speed limit change, the outcome will be published on this page.

The feedback period closed on 11 July 2019. If you have any questions please contact us at RoadsTas@stategrowth.tas.gov.au. 

Midland Highway, Southern Outlet Launceston

The Department of State Growth is seeking feedback from road users who travel on the Southern Outlet (Midland Highway) in Launceston, on a proposal to reduce the speed limit from 110 km/h to 90 km/h. The proposed speed reduction is for about 1.7 kilometres from the Bass Highway Interchange to the Pipeworks Road Interchange, travelling in both directions.

This section of the Southern Outlet carries about 28 000 vehicles a day and has a high rate of crashes per kilometre and crashes per vehicle- kilometre travelled. Since 2013 there have been 137 reported crashes on this section on the Midland Highway.

Research tells us that even small reductions of 10 km/h in travelling speeds can lead to a 25 percent reduction in serious casualties.

The Department asked road users who travel on the Southern Outlet to identify any safety concerns and make suggestions about the proposed speed limit change.

The feedback period closed on Wednesday 29 May. You can view the feedback given during the initial feedback period here:  Southern Outlet Launceston Speed Limit Review - interactive map.

We will provide more information about the review shortly.

How will the Department use your feedback?

The Department will consider feedback and insights provided by road users in the application to the Commissioner for Transport to reduce the speed limit.

Once the Commissioner for Transport has reviewed the speed limit change, the outcome will be published on this page.

Contact

For more information about the project email RoadsTas@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Speed limit changes

Grasstree Hill Road - Richmond

What is the decision?

The speed limit on Grasstree Hill Road is being reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h for about 2 kilometres, from the Malcolms Hut Road and Back Tea Tree Road junctions travelling east to the existing 60 km/h speed limit.

What are the reasons for this decision?

The Department of State Growth investigated the current speed limit of Grasstree Hill Road following a request from a local community member.

Reducing the speed for this additional section of Grasstree Hill Road will provide a sensible balance between efficient traffic flow for through traffic and local amenity for vehicles turning at junctions and accesses.

Research shows even small reductions of 10 km/h in travelling speeds can lead to a 25 percent reduction in serious casualties.

Please observe new speed signs, including advance warning signs indicating the changed limit, which will be installed along Grasstree Hill Road.

Updated: 18 June 2019

Wilmot Street, Port Sorell

What is the decision?

The  40 km/h school zone at Wilmot Street, Port Sorell has been reduced from 670 metres to around 390 metres.

What are the reasons for this decision?

The Department of State Growth investigated the current 40 km/h school zone following concerns expressed about driver behaviour in the 40 km/h school zone and at the children’s crossing at Wilmot Street.

Reducing the length of the existing school zone is predicted to have a positive impact on driver behaviour. The shorter zone will focus on the children’s crossing. Drivers turning out of side roads (Kermode Street and Blackwood Court) will pass electronic 40 km/h school zone signs before reaching the children’s crossing.

Please observe the new signs which will be installed on Wilmot Street in the coming weeks.

Updated 18 June 2019

Channel Highway, Deep Bay

What is the decision?

In May, the 80 km/h zone on the Channel Highway at Deep Bay south of Chuter Street to south of Cliffords Road was reduced to 60 km/h for 1.3 kilometres.

What are the reasons for this decision?

Research shows even small reductions of 10 km/h in travelling speeds can lead to a 25 percent reduction in serious casualties.

The Channel Highway at Deep Bay has growing residential characteristics including increased vehicle and pedestrian activities, the reduced speed limit will improve road safety for all road users.

South Arm Road, Lauderdale

What is the decision?

By mid-June 2019, the 80 km/h zone on South Arm Road between Oakdowns roundabout and Acton Road will be reduced to 70 km/h.

There will also be a 40km/h variable speed zone for around 600 metres along South Arm Road, between Acton Road and Ringwood Road for southbound traffic. The variable speed limit will operate at the beginning and end of the school day.

What are the reasons for this decision?

The speed limit reduction from 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr will provide a safer approach to the intersection of South Arm Road and Acton Road, and will also be consistent with the speed limit in the adjoining section of South Arm Road that runs through Lauderdale, alongside Ralphs Bay.

The introduction of a 40km/hr variable school speed zone will improve safety for school students using the footpath on their way to and from school.

Updated 15 May 2019

Claude Road, Claude

What is the decision?

At the end of April 2019, the 100 km/h zone on Claude Road between the end of the current 80 km/h zone and Dasher River Bridge will be reduced to 80 km/h for 600 metres.

What are the reasons for this decision?

Research shows even small reductions of 10 km/h in travelling speeds can lead to a 25 percent reduction in serious casualties.

Reducing the speed for this additional section of Claude Road will improve road safety for all road users, including several local adjacent properties and a junction connecting to a public cemetery.

Please pay attention to new speed limit signs, including advance warning signs with the changed limit, which will be installed along Claude Road at the end of April 2019.

What’s considered when reviewing a speed limit?

A number of factors are taken into consideration when a review is carried out on an existing speed limit, including:

  • Safety concerns
  • Crash history
  • Condition of the road
  • What the road is used for
  • Traffic volumes
  • Presence of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians
  • Number of accesses and intersections
  • Compliance with AustRoads and engineering guidelines.

We may also consult with stakeholders such as police, local councils and the community to determine if a speed limit change is supported.

How do I request a speed limit review?

If you wish to request a review of a speed limit please contact the relevant road authority. If your request relates to a speed limit on a state roadcontact us.