Speed limit review sees only one limit increased

SPEED demons may not be impressed with how the Queensland Government is reviewing speed limits across the state, with only one speed limit increase approved outside Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

After asking for Queenslanders for a view on what speed limits needed to change across the state, Transport Minister Scott Emerson distilled the results to 100 key stretches of bitumen worthy of consideration

The first 20 decisions were released on Friday.

Two stretches of the Capricorn Highway - between Emerald and both Dingo and Alpha - will remain at 100kmh, despite calls for an increase to 110.

Part of the D'Aguilar Highway near the Scenic Rim will no longer have drivers facing limits of 60, 80 and 100.

Those sections will either increase to 100kmh or fall to 60kmh.

The maximum speed for part of the Scenic Highway between Emu Park and Yeppoon in Central Queensland will fall from 80kmh to 60kmh.

The remaining decisions will be released in coming months.

Possible speed changes for the Bruce Highway near Prosperpine in Central Queensland or Maroochydore near the Sunshine Coast are yet to be decided.

Five separate stretches of the Warrego Highway will also be considered.

Mr Emerson said the changes would improve the safety and consistency of speed limits on state roads.

"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.

The government received more than 3000 comments when it asked for a discussion on speed limits last year.

To see what other roads are being considered, visit http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/speedlimitreview.


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