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Public Notice - New speed zoning for Palmerin Street Warwick

­­­­­21 July 2021 

Changes to the shared zone signage arrangements within the Warwick CBD were completed on Tuesday 20 July 2021. The shared zone signs were replaced with 40km/hr regulatory speed signs.

Whilst the main streets in the Warwick CBD serve a high number of both pedestrians and vehicles, the shared zone signage is not in keeping with the true meaning of a shared zone. Shared zones are traditionally a roadway that is largely dedicated to no traffic with the exception being delivery vans and emergency vehicles.  Cavill Ave at the Gold Coast is a prime example of a correct implementation of a shared zone.

Council subsequently reviewed the shared zone signage located in Palmerin Street including the current shared zone signage visible between Fitzroy and Percy Streets and a decision was reached that regulatory speed signs indicating a 40km/h zone consistent with school zones and other high pedestrian use areas in the region would be installed.

When considering changes to traffic rules, a thorough review process must be undertaken in consultation with the Speed Management Committee (SMC) and only once approvals are obtained can work commence. Council followed due process and obtained approval from SMC to implement these changes.

A Council spokesperson said that the use of 40km/h signage across high pedestrian zones are standard in all major cities and will improve safety for all road users.

“The new 40km/h traffic rule is similar to that used by our neighbouring city Council, Toowoomba in its CBD, and by being consistent with other regions, Council hopes to ensure that the new traffic rule is top of mind for all road users,” the spokesperson said.

“We thank the community for their feedback on this matter and for assisting Council to reach the best outcome for the Warwick CBD.

“As part of a broader plan to improve safety in the CBD, traffic lights at the corner of Palmerin and Grafton Streets will be upgraded to newer LED units. Weather permitting these works are expected to be completed over two Sundays being August 1st and 8th. A separate study on all pedestrian crossing points in the Warwick CBD has resulted in Council securing funding to develop engineering solutions that will improve safety at various points in the CBD. These solutions will be developed in the coming months.” said the spokesperson.

Council thanks the community for respecting the changed traffic rules and strongly encourage road users to exercise continued caution as pedestrians and motorists get used to the changed traffic conditions.

New speed zoning for Palmerin Street

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