Speed limits have been reviewed in Queensland.
Speed limits have been reviewed in Queensland. Contributed

Speed limits increased on Queensland roads

SPEED limits will be increased on roads across Queensland while others will have their limits dropped by 20km/h.

Calls for a speed limit increase on one of the biggest stretches - from Caboolture to the Gateway Motorway were rejected, however.

"The section was considered for a 110km/h speed limit,'' the report said.

"The review found the existing speed limit was appropriate for several reasons.

"These include, traffic volumes far higher than the allowable threshold for the safe implementation of a 110km/h limit, congestion during peak periods of the day where motorists are unable to travel at the current posted speed limit, the close spacing of interchanges, exit, on-ramps and merging lanes that are too short for an increased speed limit, and several sections with a narrow median shoulder."

"The existing speed limit of 100km/h is to be retained for the Bruce Highway between the Gateway Merge and Caboolture."

Changes include an increase in the speed limit from 60 to 70km/h on Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road between the Pacific Motorway and Mount Cotton Road.

There will also be an increase to 80kmh from 70km/h on Stewart Road from the M1 to the Gold Coast Highway at Currumbin Waters.

The Scenic Highway between Emu Park and Yeppoon in central Queensland will drop from 80km to 60km/h for its entire length.

Transport  and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the review forms part of our strong plan to drive down the road toll through the $350 million Road Safety Action Plan.

"Whether you are dropping kids to school, travelling on holidays or driving home from work, it is frustrating and unsafe when the speed limit constantly changes up and down on one stretch of road," Mr Emerson said.

"These changes will improve safety and ensure better consistency of speed limits across Queensland roads.

"Out of the 100 roads shortlisted from community feedback, results from the first 20 roads reveal 11 roads will remain the same speed limit, six will increase and three will decrease.

After more than 3300 submissions, some changes include:

• Increasing the speed limit on sections of Williamson Road and Greensward Road in Tamborine from 60km/h to 70km/h.

• Reducing the 80km/h zone on Olsen Avenue between Smith Street and Southport-Nerang Road to 70km/h, creating one speed zone through this entire section.

• Reducing the Scenic Highway between Yeppoon and Emu Park Road to 60km/h, ensuring a safer drive on this hilly terrain.

"The community feedback revealed there were also too many changes to speed zones on the D'Aguilar Highway between Moore and Benarkin, so speed zones will be reduced from five to three on this stretch."

Mr Emerson said that following advice from the safety experts, speed limits on a number of roads will remain the same.

"There will be no changes to speed limits on the Bruce Highway from Glenlee to the Caves, Leichhardt Highway from Gore Highway to Moonie and Samford Road from England Road to Main Street," he said.

"Each road has been reviewed by engineers and police, in line with Queensland's speed limit guidelines, with consideration given to traffic, pedestrians and surrounding infrastructure.

Mr Emerson reminded motorists that existing speed limits apply until signs have changed.

The results for the remaining 80 roads will be released over the coming months.

For more information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/speedlimitreview.