Project updates

Council recently resolved to put its study InnerWest@40 on public exhibition for community comment.
The study provides a rigorous data-driven evidence base to support reduced speed limits within our area. It includes proposed priority streets and an action plan of next steps including Council working with Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

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The study is a key action in 'Going Places' - Council's Integrated Transport Strategy. The aim is to significantly improve safety for all road users, particularly pedestrian and cycle safety throughout the local government area. Additionally, reduced speeds will provide opportunities for improvements in the public domain streetscape and ultimately community development.

The InnerWest@40 study proposes to make the speed limit on local streets a maximum of 40 km/hr. The Study also proposes a rationalisation of speed zoning on Regional Roads, generally bringing them all to 50 km/hr with 40 km/hr in school zones and other areas with a lot of pedestrians. In the longer term it proposes opportunities for 30 km/hr speed limits in areas where there are lots of pedestrians. The study contains next steps for Council to work on with Transport for NSW.

Slower speeds mean less severe crashes and fewer crashes generally. There will also be public domain streetscape and community building opportunities presented by clearly defining our local streets.

In terms of safety; at 50 km/hr a pedestrian only has a 10% average chance of surviving. While at 40km/hr, a pedestrian only has a 60% average chance of surviving.

Key points

Proposed safer speed limits

Priority areas

The Inner West was split into ten areas to be zoned with 40km/h speed limits. The boundaries were determined using State Roads, as they provide distinct demarcations to clearly zone the separate areas. Based on the priority scoring, the ten areas were then categorised into four priorities:

  • Priority A - red
  • Priority B - pink
  • Priority C - yellow
  • Priority D - brown

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How to have your say

This consultation is now closed

Other ways to provide feedback

  • Mail - write to us:

InnerWest@40 c/o Shirley Rodriquez
Inner West Council
PO Box 14
Petersham NSW 2029

  • Call a FREE Interpreter or the National Relay Service, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm and provide our phone number 02 9392 5705 or 93925321.
    • Free Interpreter call TIS National on 131 450
    • Voice relay call 1300 555 727
    • TTY call 133 677
    • SMS relay call 0423 677 767
  • Last day to provide feedback is Wednesday 8 November 2023.

What happens next?

Council will consider all feedback, update the study where appropriate and report it to Council for adoption. Should this occur the plan will also be sent to Transport for NSW for endorsement and help with implementation.