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14 June 2024

The Allan Labor Government is keeping drivers and pedestrians safe by reducing the speed limit on a busy route in the heart of Clunes from mid-July.

Member for Ripon joined locals today to celebrate the news that a stretch of the Ballarat-Maryborough Road near the Bailey Street bridge in Clunes will soon be reduced from 60 km/h to 40 km/h.

The action follows a strong community campaign to address the notorious stretch of road, with over 450 locals signing a petition led by the Member for Ripon.

The reduced speed limit will not only keep drivers travelling along the busy route safer but will also improve safety for local pedestrians and cyclists.

Up to 1400 vehicles travel along the Bailey Street bridge in Clunes each day, including 100 heavy vehicles, serving as a key link between Ballarat and Maryborough.

The reduced speed limit will complement existing safety measures including signage, safety barriers and line marking to advise road users of potential risks and encourage safe driving in the area.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett

“Near misses are all too common along the Bailey Street bridge in Clunes, with many locals avoiding it altogether because they know how dangerous the stretch of road is.”

“The 60 km/h speed limit was not appropriate, and I am so pleased we are now changing it with strong community support.”

“I want to thank the over 450 locals who advocated for this change, as well as the businesses who supported our petition. It will make a real difference and improve safety for motorists and local pedestrians for years to come."