Speed increase in Delacombe splits residents

AN increase in the speed limit along Wiltshire Lane is dividing residents.

Good move: Charlene Matthews welcomes the increase in the speed limit to 80km/h along Wiltshire Lane in Delacombe. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Good move: Charlene Matthews welcomes the increase in the speed limit to 80km/h along Wiltshire Lane in Delacombe. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

The increasingly busy thoroughfare, which links Delacombe and the new development of Yorkdale Estate with Ballarat, is one of nine roads where the limit has been raised to 80km/h from 70km/h. 

The Courier spoke with four residents of the street. Two said the speed limit should have been decreased to 60km/h rather than upped to 80km/h, one welcomed the increase, while the fourth was in two minds. 

Resident Cheryl Klemm said 60km/h would have been much more appropriate. 

“I think it is a bad idea. It’s ridiculous,” Ms Klemm said. 

“I’ve always thought cars go far too fast along here. I think it should be 60km/h.

“It is very busy with trucks and motorcycles. We have a lot of hoons who like to use it as a race track.”

Sharee Lee, who has lived along Wiltshire Lane for eight years said the speed limit was 80km/h before being brought back to 70km/h.

She was not overly concerned about retuning it to 80km/h but said a newly-constructed roundabout along Wiltshire Lane would make life interesting when combined with the new speed limit.

“There is a high volume of traffic especially with all the development out here,” she said. “I have to admit when I’m on the turning lane I feel like a sitting duck even at 70km/h.”

There were differing opinions even under the same roof. 

Charlene Matthews and her mother Fay Jones had opposing views, with Ms Matthews in favour of the increase to 80km/h and Ms Jones in favour of  a 60km/h zone. 

“I’d rather it 80 than 60,” Ms Matthews said. “I think it is a good idea. All the other roads around it are 80 so it is less confusing.”

Ms Jones was concerned about children who catch the bus to school at a stop on Wiltshire Lane.

 gavin.mcgrath@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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