I have been advised that the speed limit on Seaham Road between Seaham and the vicinity of the intersection with Hinton Road Nelsons plains, has been reduced from 90 to 80kph.
This is after years of lobbying by VOWW, BHSAG and local residents, with the support of both Hanson and PSC.
Of particular concern has been the intersection with Hinton Road where nearby residents have endured years of angst from countless close shaves and accidents that leave car part debris strewn around. The intersection remains a concern due to the lack of passing and turning lanes. Bus stop safety and that of residents accessing their driveways along this section of Seaham Road has been the other major concern. The speed reduction will give drivers more time to react to slow and turning vehicles, and hopefully will reduce the severity of any collisions that do occur.
This change is consistent with the 80kph speed limit that was introduced on Clarence Town Road and Butterwick Road in 2019.
We are pleased that the speed limit reduction has been implemented before the pending increase in quarry truck movements from the approved quarry expansion, Hanson continue to work toward being able to adopt the new consent.
So please be mindful of the new speed limit, for the safety of locals and other road users, and to avoid speeding fines. As you know, the police and mobile speed cameras do monitor our roads. Also be mindful of mobile phone use camera trailers that have been seen operating in the area.
I have not found any media release from Transport for NSW on the matter, but did notice workmen at the end of Brandy Hill Drive, possibly installing the new signs. If there is any further information come o light, we will keep you informed.
Now all we need is for some authority to update Google maps and navigation systems. I have updated my Garmin navigator a number of times since the Clarencetown Road speed change and it still shows the speed limit as 100kph.Ron Woodrow
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Wow… of all the things to do, this is not one of them. Brandy Hill residents are being slowed up in all directions making travel times to shop, doctor etc longer. What a stupid waste of lobbying.
Hanson trucks won’t slow so what’s the point, apart from some vested interests from the Lobby group perhaps? Maybe there’s a developer or 2 in this group.
Hi Bruno, sorry for our delay in replying but we had been interstate.
The action group lobbied primarily for the quarry to be required to fund road and intersection upgrades along the haulage routes, as they do not comply with Australian road standards for heavy vehicles with even the current traffic volumes, let alone future volumes. Quarry trucks can be loaded to National Heavy Vehicle limits. Those limits are well above normal gross weight limits, so the steering, maneuverability and braking are all operating at the limits of safety for heavy trucks, providing the roads are up to the required standards. But they are not!
PSC did not press those matters with the Department of Planning or the IPC, so we are left with the inadequate road lane and shoulder widths, and intersections that don’t have adequate turning lane lengths where they exist, or have no passing or turning lanes at all, such as at the quarry entrance, and Seaham Rd with Noongah, Ralstons and Hinton Road intersections.
Hanson has been in favour of the alternative of reducing the speed limits on both Clarence Town and Seaham Roads and lobbied with PSC and Traffic for NSW to have them lowered. It is a much cheaper solution for Hanson, but the whole community and road users suffer the consequences of sub standard roads, by speed limit reductions to meet safety standards, instead of road upgrades.
Other councils in NSW pushed for road upgrades for quarry expansions and the IPC granted them. PSC chose not to, and the speed limit reductions are the consequence. Please don’t blame us for the lowered speed limits.
In my view, Hanson trucks are more likely to follow the speed limits than many other road users. I understand that Hanson trucks are all GPS location and speed logged, and they will be stood down if they breech Hanson’s driver code of conduct. Abiding by speed limits is a key condition.
Thanks Bruno for your comment. It is a common misconception.