Locals and residents from surrounding towns travelling through Toolern Vale will have a safer journey thanks to a speed limit change along on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said the Andrews Labor Government had listened to locals with the implementation of a speed limit reduction between Gisborne-Melton Road and O’Connell Avenue – from 80km/hour to 60km/hour.

Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road runs through the centre of the Toolern Vale township, with the school, general store and homes on one side, and the recreation reserve, an important community meeting place, on the opposite side.

Reducing the speed limit will help improve safety, especially for pedestrians trying to cross the road. The speed limit change will allow motorists to approach the township at a safer speed, giving drivers a better chance to check for pedestrians near the road.

The change will come into effect when new speed limit signs are installed in mid-2020, with the impact on travel time expected to be minimal.

The local community has been advocating to lower the speed limit with the change also improving safe access for property owners along this section.

The important road connects Melbourne’s outer western suburbs to key regional towns such as Gisborne and Bacchus Marsh, and is relied on by locals and tourists to travel through the area.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“Reducing the speed limit will improve safety for everyone driving through and living in Toolern Vale, especially pedestrians crossing the road to get around town.”

“The Toolern Vale community have advocated tirelessly to see this important change made, and I want to acknowledge everyone who signed the petition to make it happen.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Melton, Steve McGhie MP

“Melton residents use this road regularly, and it’s great to know this speed limit change will make the road safer for everyone in the community”