Government puts the brakes on drivers with new 40 km/h zones

Michael Weaver 24 March 2021 27
Sign in Canberra notifying drivers of 40km/h zone.

The ACT Government is expanding the number of 40km/h zones in many areas of Canberra. Photo: File.

The fast-paced lifestyle of living in many of Canberra’s central hubs is about to slow down for motorists with the expansion of 40 km/h zones to make business precincts safer in Civic, Braddon and Tuggeranong.

Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said the expansion of the 40 km/h zones was to make the areas safer for people to stop and is a natural evolution of Canberra’s growing business precincts.

Work to complete the expanded 40 km/h zones is expected to be completed by the end of March in Civic, Braddon and Tuggeranong. A new 40km/h precinct will also be developed in the Kingston Foreshore area.

Works to expand 40 km/h speed limits in the Belconnen Town Centre area have been completed following requests from sections of the business community.

Signage showing the new 40km/h zones in Canberra.

Signage showing the new 40km/h zones in Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

Mr Steel said the decision to expand the 40km/h zones further was important due to the increased level of foot traffic in those areas, while acknowledging their dual function as places for both transport and people.

“As Canberra has grown, more streets have evolved to be not only places to move through, but also places for people to stop and spend time. The speed limit in these areas needs to reflect this functional evolution,” Mr Steel said.

“For example, the City and Braddon has changed remarkably in the past decade to become hubs for dining, cultural events, residents and public transport, with large numbers of people crossing the road to access the Alinga Street Station.

“Reducing speed limits in areas like our city centre, town, group and local centres makes our roads safer for everyone and supports a friendlier environment to walk, cycle and take public transport.

“This speed limit change will also support businesses by providing safer, more accessible places to visit, meet shop or dine.”

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The announcement builds on the implementation of 40 km/h speed limit precincts in all ACT town centres in 2013 and all group centres in 2015 as part of the ACT Transport Strategy‘s Movement and Place framework.

The existing 40km/h zones in the City and Braddon include sections of Barry Drive, Cooyong Street, Northbourne Avenue between McKay Street to Vernon Circle, and a large section of the Braddon commercial precinct.

In Tuggeranong, work has been completed on the expansion of the 40km/h zone to include Anketell Street from Athllon Drive to Pitman Street, a section of Reed Street, and all of Eileen Good Street and Cowlishaw Street.

Mr Steel said the new speed zones in Tuggeranong follows the removal of buses from Anketell Street last year and supports the Government’s ongoing investments in place making upgrades and improvements to Tuggeranong Laneways.

The new 40km/h zones in Kingston.

The new 40km/h zones in Kingston. Image: Supplied.

In Kingston, new safety zones will include Eastlake Parade, Trevillian Quay, Giles Street, sections of Printers Way, Eyre Street, Honeysett View and Kerridge Street.

As well as new 40 km/h signage, two sets of speed humps will be installed on the Eyre Street and Dawes Street approaches to Printers Way to reduce speeds through the intersection and further enhance safety for all road users.

Suburb centres with 40 km/h precincts are also at: Amaroo, Calwell, Charnwood, Chisholm, Conder, Curtin, Dickson, Erindale, Hawker, Jamison, Kaleen, Kambah, Kingston, Kippax, Manuka, Mawson, Wanniassa and Weston.

Mr Steel said the ACT Government will continue to review the use of 40km/h zones to improve safety as Canberra continues to grow and as the function of the streets change.

More information on 40km/h zones in town and group centres can be found on the City Services website.

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27 Responses to Government puts the brakes on drivers with new 40 km/h zones
5ilentmajority 5ilentmajority 12:54 pm 09 Apr 21

40 kph on arterial roads is crazy. More speed camera vans, more sneaky cameras. More rules = more nanny state rubbish from this Kangaroo court government.

theodas theodas 11:47 am 09 Apr 21

What do you call a bunch of Canberran’s all in one place?
A pack of whingers…

cmacra28 cmacra28 3:59 pm 03 Apr 21

Should I be paranoid about hitting someone because I was watching the speedo or getting a ticket for exceeding the limit?

rossau rossau 10:40 pm 01 Apr 21

As we’re all squooshed more-together while the ACT grows and finds its ideal density, I admit to feeling squooshed out of the town centres and squooshed into a nightmare daily commute.
All hail, ‘growth’, the our reason for existence and our economic saviour.
Your vote counts.

Sally Tregellas Wodzinska Sally Tregellas Wodzinska 4:46 pm 28 Mar 21

Chris interesting flow on

Finally Relented Finally Relented 12:45 pm 26 Mar 21

Ok...40km around shops but on Northbourne??? Really? Nanny state. It's like the rethinking of school zones down to 20km....been done when they first came in. Tried 20, 30, 40 and 50km/he and 40 recommended.

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 2:28 pm 26 Mar 21

    Finally Relented nanny state? Laws are usually inked in blood.

steve2020 steve2020 1:56 am 26 Mar 21

50km/h would be reasonable in the vicinity group centre shops and major supermarkets where there is a lot of pedestrian activity, or suburb centres and CBD, but 40km/h is overreaching and an example of the Greens influence in Canberra in which inconveniencing vehicular traffic is prioritised purely for the promotion of cycling and public transport ahead of general vehicular traffic, to the detriment of economic activity and family life balance.

Shayne Borger Shayne Borger 4:32 pm 25 Mar 21

Northbourne Ave n Cooyong St should be 60km/h. Reducing the speed limits on arterial rds is crap

Daniel Duncan Daniel Duncan 3:48 pm 25 Mar 21

Its stupid. Let Darwin do his job.

Nick Swain Nick Swain 2:49 pm 25 Mar 21

Given the significant traffic congestion around the Kingston Foreshore the 40km limit is welcome. A lot of extra work is needed as some intersections are at capacity and the Kingston Arts Precinct will only add to that.
Some 40km limits are too blunt an instrument. For example the Sydney Avenue area is fine for 40km during working hours but ridiculous at weekends. Can hours be limited in the same way school zones are?

Mark Newman Mark Newman 12:42 pm 25 Mar 21

About time Chris Steele listens to the experts.

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 3:28 pm 25 Mar 21

    Mark Newman as long as they update the warning signals like in other States.

Laurence Malan Laurence Malan 12:25 pm 25 Mar 21

Amy Hoang that stupid 40 km getting in to the city triggers me so much

bj_ACT bj_ACT 11:20 am 25 Mar 21

Have to agree on Erindale, last few times I’ve been there both the main car park and the parking near the restaurant area was totally full.

As for the speed, even the buses and ACT Government plated cars don’t obey the road signs or do the speed limit.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 11:00 am 02 Apr 21

    I was at Macquarie during the week, Jameson to be specific. I hadn’t been there for at least 5 years and I was amazed to find how much it has changed – for the worse.

    The high density apartments (with more to come) and lack of access and public parking are contributing to a nightmare for shoppers and residents alike. Vehicles are rushing around looking for a parking spot and they ignore all the stop signs etc.

    Bad news for pedestrians – deadly for the elderly. Who in the government allows this to happen?

Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 10:54 am 25 Mar 21

The 40 km/h in the streets near the shops etc is a good move. Enforcement will need to match it though. Don't see any enforcement plans, so guess they don't exist.

Also, presumably the default speed limit will still apply in car parks adjoining? That is 50 km/h. Shouldn't these be 10 or 20 km/h zones? Anybody else see any issues?

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 3:25 pm 25 Mar 21

    Bill Gemmell exactly. Tuggeranong TC it's out of control the speeding and red light runners. But alas, not enough Police to set up surveillance and catch operations

    Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 3:31 pm 25 Mar 21

    Cary Elliot Johnson My thinking is low risk speed detection activity does not have to be a police function, if they either cannot find enough of them to cover the task or the coppers are unwilling. It could be delegated to City Rangers, Transport Canberra supervisors or even dog catchers.

    David Edwards David Edwards 3:34 pm 25 Mar 21

    Bill car parks are a 20kph speed limit already.

    Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 4:04 pm 25 Mar 21

    David Edwards incorrect as far as I can tell. They are a road related area and the default limit applies unless otherwise signposted. Happy to be proven incorrect.

    David Edwards David Edwards 4:33 pm 25 Mar 21

    Bill we are both wrong

    Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 4:37 pm 25 Mar 21

    David Edwards thanks. great question for here:

    Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 5:00 pm 25 Mar 21

    David Edwards I will add that what the coppers have published does not seem to be supported by the law.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:27 am 25 Mar 21

It’s all very good to declare these 40km/h zones but enforcing the limit is something else because it just doesn’t happen.

The zoned area around Erindale shops is a good example. I have never seen a police car monitoring the area and there is also a stop sign there which 9 out of 10 vehicles ignore but I’ve never seen police reaction.

The police are at Erindale shops regularly however, getting a coffee or a snack. Occasionally they book stationery vehicles that are parked incorrectly.

There is nothing mentioned in the article about enforcement either. Mr Steel is deluded thinking that everyone will obey his edict so he doesn’t see the need for enforcement.

    JC JC 6:16 pm 25 Mar 21

    Problem of course is if the enforce them then the usual cohort will be on here complaint about revenue raising.

    To be honest most of the 40 zones in shopping areas are ignored. Along with the 20km/h shares zone on Bunda Street. Not helped of course by crews putting up 40km/h road works signs on here recently.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:02 pm 25 Mar 21

    By any chance, are you one of Minister Steel’s advisers, JC?

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