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Road Safety Comes First in Belconnen

By Ben Faulks

Low speed driving zones that have proved a success in Canberra are being extended to other town centres throughout the ACT, including Belconnen.

Territory and municipal services minister Shane Rattenbury explained that there is research indicating that lower speed limits in pedestrian areas can help improve safety.

Owners of real estate in Belconnen will no doubt welcome the plans to reduce speeds from 50 to 40km per hour, which is expected to bring benefits to cyclists and pedestrians alike, ABC News reports.

The new speed restriction will be in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week and there are plans to review these zones after six months.

"Slower speed environments are an important part of making our town centres safer for everyone to walk and cycle, and will have a minimal impact on drivers," the minister commented.

The plans have been praised by NRMA director Alan Evans, who said that it is realistically not possible to exceed 40km/h in town centres anyway.

There have recently been other developments for the ACT's transport infrastructure, as proposals for a high-speed rail link are currently being discussed.

A report into the link has indicated that the connection between Sydney and Canberra should be the first stage to undergo construction.

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