New speed limits to improve safety ahead of CBD and South East Light Rail opening

25 November 2019

New speed limits will be introduced to improve safety for all road users around the CBD and South East Light Rail route.

From 1 December 2019, speed limits will be reduced on roads along the light rail route in the Sydney CBD, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Centennial Park, Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford. Speed limits will also be reduced on some roads in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst to create a consistent speed limit.

“Safety is our number one priority and we’ve introduced a lot of measures to educate the community about being safe around trams including our ‘Heads Up, Play it Safe around Light Rail’ campaign and regular engagement with community groups and schools,” Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said.

“The reduced speed limits will improve safety around the new light rail ahead of the first passenger services starting in December, especially in areas where pedestrian activity is high.”

Following a speed zone review, the following changes will be made to speed limits:

  • George Street, between Hunter Street and Bathurst Street, Sydney, reduced from 40 km/h to 20 km/h
  • Chalmers Street, between Randle Street and Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, reduced from 40 km/h to 20 km/h
  • Anzac Parade, between Abbotford Street and Sturt Street, Kensington/Kingsford, reduced from 60 km/h to 50 km/h
  • Anzac Parade, approx. 280m south of Moore Park Road to Abbotford Street, Kensington, reduced from 70 km/h to 60 km/h
  • Alison Road, between Anzac Parade and Darley Road, reduced from 70 km/h to 60 km/h
  • High Street, between Wansey Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h and classed as a High Pedestrian Activity Area
  • Parts of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst speed limit revised to 40 km/h to ensure a consistent speed limit on side streets and main roads.

“It’s also important to note that speed limits are a maximum, not a target, and apply to both trams and vehicles,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Additionally, there are lower advisory speed limits for trams on many sections of the light rail, including high pedestrian areas on Devonshire and George streets.

“Tram drivers are also being trained to drive to the conditions, which includes different risk profiles along different sections of the light rail route.”

The speed zone reduction will help create a safer environment for all road users as well as improve consistency on the road network for people heading towards and away from the CBD and the eastern suburbs.

Motorists are reminded to drive safely and remain alert of the changed traffic conditions.

See a map of the speed zones along the light rail alignment here.

And a Surry Hills speed zone map can be viewed here.