Marrickville Town Centre - introducing a 40km/hr speed zone


Marrickville Council is proposing to introduce a 40km/hr speed limit in the Marrickville Town Centre to improve pedestrian access and safety. The area included in the proposal is along Marrickville Road, between Petersham and Victoria Roads, and Illawarra Road, from Petersham Road to Marrickville Road.

Marrickville town centre has a vibrant shopping strip which attracts large numbers of people every day. Marrickville and Illawarra Roads are the main roads through the centre which carry large volumes of traffic. Because of the high pedestrian activity, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has identified this area as a potential 40km/hr speed zone.

Marrickville Council is proposing to introduce a 40km/hr speed limit in the Marrickville Town Centre to improve pedestrian access and safety. The area included in the proposal is along Marrickville Road, between Petersham and Victoria Roads, and Illawarra Road, from Petersham Road to Marrickville Road.

Marrickville town centre has a vibrant shopping strip which attracts large numbers of people every day. Marrickville and Illawarra Roads are the main roads through the centre which carry large volumes of traffic. Because of the high pedestrian activity, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has identified this area as a potential 40km/hr speed zone. This proposal to improve pedestrian connections, crossings and facilities will ensure the town centre is safe, convenient and pleasant.

How was the proposal prepared?

The proposal aligns with RMS’s guidelines and uses information from:

  • extensive pedestrian counts which has provided information about pedestrian behaviour;
  • a review of locations where there have been accidents involving pedestrians to identify measures to reduce accident risks, and
  • a review of existing pedestrian facilities to identify locations which need upgrading.

Read the study commissioned by Council for more background to the proposal.

What’s in the proposal?

The proposal includes:

  • a 40km/hr speed limit in Marrickville Road between Petersham Road and Victoria Road and in Illawarra Road between Petersham Road and Marrickville Road;

  • 14 new treatments and changes in Marrickville Road, Illawarra Road, Malakoff Street, Despointes Street, Silver Street, Garners Avenue, Gladstone Street, and Calvert Street;

  • streets leading directly into the 40km/h speed zone would have ‘40’ painted on the road along with contrasting pavement and speed limit signs to slow drivers down;

  • two new pedestrian ‘zebra’ crossings across Marrickville Road;

  • a footpath treatment across Gladstone Street at Marrickville Road, and

  • upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing on Calvert Street at Illawarra Road to a raised crossing.

Read the report to Council for more information about the proposal.

No on-street parking spaces would be removed in the Marrickville Town Centre as a result of this proposal.

Have your say

Your feedback is important and will help Council make an informed decision about traffic management in your area.Have your say by completing the form below before 5pm on Wednesday 11 November 2015.

What happens next?

The proposal will be considered at a meeting of the Council’s Pedestrian, Cyclist and Traffic Calming Advisory Committee on 10 December 2015. The recommendations from this Committee meeting will then be considered by Council’s Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Committee at its meeting on 2 February 2016. All comments will be taken into consideration by Council before a final decision is made.

Contact details

If you need any further information please contact Council's Traffic Management Planner, Richard Campbell on 9392 5463 or by email.


  • Council adopts proposal

    almost 3 years ago

    Council considered and adopted a report including community feedback at a meeting on 3 February 2016.

    Read the report (pages 91 - 101).

    Council considered and adopted a report including community feedback at a meeting on 3 February 2016.

    Read the report (pages 91 - 101).