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Lower speed limits in high activity areas to make pedestrians safer

Speed limits will be lowered as part of plans to make pedestrians safer in two local town centres across Camden.

Camden Council has accepted $410,000 in funding for installation of a high pedestrian activity area in Narellan town centre and a study for the Camden town centre, pictured above.

Council gave the green light to the project at its first meeting of the year last Tuesday.

High pedestrian activity areas are appropriate in shopping areas and around community services, with the maximum speed limit in these areas of 40km/h at all times.

The funding, part of the NSW Government’s pedestrian safety program, will see a 40km/hr limit implemented in Elyard Street, Queen Street and Somerset Avenue in Narellan.

Council will also explore a high pedestrian activity area in Camden town centre, which was identified in the Camden town centre urban design framework.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Therese Fedeli, said it was important to continue improving pedestrian access to main areas of the Camden area.

“Pedestrian safety is of paramount importance to council and as we see more people move to Camden it is vital to continue improving our pedestrian safety in high traffic areas,” Cr Fedeli said.

“Council has already started its own improvements in Narellan including zebra crossings in Elyard and Queen Streets, as well as identifying Argyle and John Streets in Camden as appropriate locations for improvements.

“I’d like to thank the NSW Government for the funding to begin the projects and look forward to seeing their completion.”

Camden state MP Peter Sidgreaves said the funding would allow council to provide greater safety in areas with high foot traffic.

“This funding will help to make these busy pedestrian areas safer and more enjoyable,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

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