Speed limit cuts on highway at Rapids Landing in Margaret River

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Traffic stuck at the exit from Rapids Landing. Warren Hately
Camera IconTraffic stuck at the exit from Rapids Landing. Warren Hately Credit: Supplied/RegionalHUB

Like it or loathe it, the speed limit has dropped on Bussell Highway between Boodjidup Road and the Margaret River bypass after a campaign from residents backed by Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie.

The 80km/h zone was reduced to 70km/h on December 14 partly to address huge congestion during school times at Rapids Landing Primary School and road safety concerns for motorists.

A Main Roads WA spokesperson said the decision came after a review based on community feedback.

“The traffic related to the Rapids Landing Primary School was of particular concern to the community,” they said.

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Ms Kelsbie said she was approached about safety concerns and undertook multiple meetings with Main Roads, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“I’ve heard the community’s concerns and I’ve been advocating for a speed limit review along Bussell Highway between Rapids Landing and Brookfield,” the MLA said.

“Road safety is an important matter that is raised with me across the electorate.”

Meanwhile, Rapids Landing residents and neighbours in Brookfield had reported an uptick in safety concerns on internal roads due to the new Leschenaultia Avenue exit.

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