Who sets speed zones on local roads?
We are responsible for determining and installing speed zones on local roads in accordance with the VicRoads state speed zoning guidelines.
As part of our road safety commitment, we work closely with VicRoads and Victoria Police to review speed zones to ensure that they are safe, suitable and consistent across our municipality. Reviews are based on resident requests or changes in how people use an area.
About proposed speed limit changes
The following proposed speed limit changes are subject to VicRoads approval. Consultation has already taken place with Victoria Police and VicRoads for these speed zone changes. Once implemented, we will review the impact of these changes after 3 to 6 months to determine if any further action is required.
Salisbury Road, Upper Beaconsfield
The speed zones on Salisbury Road have been assessed with the proposed changes now open for public comment from Monday 7 August to Friday 1 September
As Salisbury Road is a major collector road, abutting residents, other users of the road and the wider community are encouraged to provide comment.
Current speed zones
- 50km/h between Beaconsfield-Emerald Road to Valley Drive
- 60km/h between Valley Drive and Carpenter Road
Proposed speed zone
- Uniform 60km/h between Beaconsfield-Emerald Road to Valley Drive and Carpenter Road
Reason for the change
- Most appropriate speed zone for the road environment, adjacent properties, current speeds and volumes in the road, and the higher order function of the road in the network
- Road safety improvements including reduced speed (especially at the bends), reduced road width to cross for pedestrians and better property access
- Providing a consistent speed limit along the road with reduced speed signage and speed zone changes along the road
- Providing additional safer parking in a location where there is a demand for on-street parking and illegal parking currently occurs
- Matching the speed limit with motorists’ expectation
- Speed survey indicates motorists are travelling up to 59km/h, with the treatments proposed this may drop to 58km/h
- Bringing line marking up to current standards
- New line marking, in line with current standards will be undertaken, including adding parking lanes. The addition of the parking lanes has been successful in other locations where the speed limit has been changed from 50km/h to 60km/h, with an average speed reduction of 1km/h following the changes being implemented.
Your questions answered
Will this increase speed in Salisbury Road?
The proposed line marking, including the addition of parking lanes has been successful in other locations in reducing the speed by up to 1km/h.
The change in speed limit will be offset by the proposed line marking, including the parking. Surveys in other similar roads show without the parking line treatment being done at the same time as the speed zone increase, an increase of speed of only 2.7km/h has been recorded. When the parking line treatment is undertaken at the same time as the speed zone increase a slight reduction of 1km/h has been recorded.
Will the line marking work with heavy vehicles in Salisbury Road?
The changes are designed to work with cars, trucks and buses that use this road. The proposed line marking uses a standard lane width, which has been successful in numerous other locations with regular truck and bus traffic.
Will the changes in Salisbury Road affect road safety?
The combined changes are designed and expected to improve road safety in the road. In roads where these combined changes have occurred, speeds have not increased and the line marking has improved safety for pedestrians, motorists and residential access.