Richmond Road 80ks

The Department of State Growth are advising motorists that a changed speed limit on Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond is now in effect

The Department says the reduced speed limit of 80 km/h will improve safety for the variety of road users on this stretch of road, which includes commuters, agricultural vehicles, tourists and cyclists.

Officials report the change is in line with the Safe System approach to road safety across the State’s road network, designed to address community concerns about safety on this stretch of road, which has a history of crashes, with 86 crashes reported, including 10 fatal or serious, between 2005 and 2015.

‘New speed limit ahead’ signs provide motorists of advance warning of the change and new ‘Share the road’ warning signs will also advise motorists this road is used by variety of vehicles, such as trucks, tractors and cyclists.

The reduced speed limit is part of a range of planned road improvements under the Richmond Road Masterplan that will be delivered over the next two construction seasons.

These works include the provision of sealed shoulders and upgrades to the turning facilities at the main junctions along the road, and construction is expected to begin in September 2017.

Police also warn that motorists are reminded to obey all speed limits and always drive to the conditions.

pics| Jessica Pedler