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Sydney Speed Zones In Busy Areas To Drop To 40 Km/h

Drivers will be forced to slow down around shopping centres, hospitals and public transport hubs.

What you need to know
  • New low-speed zones will be enforced around Sydney's hospitals, shopping centres and public transport hubs
  • The measure is part of a $1.9 billion road safety package over the next five years
  • Dangerous country roads across the state are also in for a $600 million safety upgrade

Sydney drivers will be forced to slow down to 40 kilometres per hour outside train stations, shopping centres and hospitals in a bid to keep pedestrians safe.

News Corp reports the low-speed zones will be introduced across the city as part of a bigger $1.9 billion road safety package over the next five years to be included in the upcoming state Budget.

Targeted areas, where pedestrians are at a higher risk of being hit by a car, include outside Milsons Point Station and around the shopping district and bus interchange at Mosman.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the investment is about 'making our roads safe for everyone in NSW'. Source: AAP

Campbelltown and Seven Hills, in Sydney’s west, are also among the suburbs to first implement the low-speed zones.

Roads Minister Melissa Pavey said the government was investing in initiatives proven to lower the road toll.

“We see a lot of issues around high traffic areas -- shopping centres, hospitals -- and we want stronger focus there,” she told News Corp.

Dangerous country roads across the state are also in for a safety upgrade, with the NSW government announcing $600 million would be spent on installing wire rope barriers, tactile line markings and extra highway patrol officers in regional areas.

“Any loss of life in our roads is one too many and so this investment is about making our roads safe for everyone in NSW,” NSWTreasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement on Sunday.

With AAP