EXPLAINED: Why authorities changed speed limit at Ross Lane
Update Wednesday 5.30pm: Transport for NSW reduced the speed limit on a section of Ross Lane from 80km/h to 60km/h after concerns were raised by a resident of the Sanctuary Village retirement community.
A spokesman from the NSW authority said these concerns were in relation to the difficulty experienced by both residents of Sanctuary Village and school children in safely crossing the road to access the nearby bus stop.
"A site inspection was carried out on October 3 with Ballina Council to investigate the resident's concerns and develop options to improve safety for all road users," he said.
"It was noted the speed limit was already reduced to 60km/h before the roundabout at the intersection of Ross Lane and Byron Bay Road."
In accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines and having regard to the safety risks identified, the decision was made to extend the existing 60km/h zone by a further 250m to incorporate the entrance to Sanctuary Village and the bus stop.
Prior to any speed zone changes being implemented, the standard procedure is that the information about the speed zone changes are communicated to the community via email by the NSW Centre for Road Safety.
NSW residents can register at the following link to receive email communications about future speed zone changes.
Original story: THE speed limit on three key roads in Ballina Shire has changed in the last fortnight.
Transport for NSW's Centre for Road Safety confirmed the changes.
The three roads with changed speed limits are:
• Ross Lane, Lennox Head: The change only applied from 140 metres west of Byron Bay Road to 920 metres west of Byron Bay Road.
The area went from 80 km/h to 60 km/h.
According to the Centre for Road Safety, "this speed limit change better reflects recent development and improves safety for residents and road users."
• Hill Street/Pine Ave, East Ballina: The change applied from The Serpentine to 200 metres north of Suvla Street.
The area went from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.
This change applies the 50km/h urban speed limit in accordance with NSW speed zoning guidelines.
According to the centre, the change was explained as "this is an urban road with numerous driveways and kerbside parking."
• Elvery Lane, Alstonville: This change applies from Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville to Ramses Street, Wollongbar.
The road goes from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.
According to the centre, "this speed limit change introduces a high pedestrian activity area in the town centre to provide a more pedestrian friendly environment."
Although the changes were advertised in the centre's website on November 12, the site stated that speed limits changed when the new speed limit signs were installed".
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance also confirmed changes to the mobile speed camera program, including the removal of warning signs, would roll out over the next 12 months and bring NSW in line with other jurisdictions.
"This is about changing culture and changing behaviour," he said.
"No warnings signs mean you can be caught anywhere, anytime and we want that same culture around mobile speed cameras".
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new measures would not only target the small proportion of motorists who do the wrong thing, but also reinvest fines in lifesaving infrastructure on our country roads to ensure every journey is a safer one.
"The money generated from the mobile speed camera program will go directly to road safety initiatives through our Community Road Safety Fund, which has already seen thousands of kilometres of audio-tactile line markings, wide centre lines and more crash barriers rolled out across regional NSW," Mr Toole said.