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On Unley Road speed limit

Today, readers comment on slowing traffic down on a popular thoroughfare.

May 14, 2024, updated May 14, 2024
Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Commenting on the story: Green light for Unley Rd speed limit cut

Addressing the issues on Unley Road should be a top priority, especially considering the persistent traffic congestion along this major arterial road.

Forget reaching the cutback speed limit of 50 km/h; during peak hours, traffic often moves at a crawl, making it nearly impossible for vehicles to reach speeds of 40 km/h!

The council should be looking at implementing ‘No Right Turns’ during peak times to alleviate some of Unley Road’s congestion.

The constant stopping of cars to make right turns significantly disrupts the flow of traffic to and from the city when traffic volume is highest. It causes cars to weave across lanes in peak hour to merge with the left lane and avoid vehicles that have stopped in the middle of the road.

Additionally, the presence of kerbside parking on a major four-lane arterial road only exacerbates the situation, it’s just impractical. – Bret Woods

What needs to happen on Unley Road from Northgate Street to Greenhill Road is a 12-hour clearway (7.00am to 7.00pm) on weekdays, and the speed limit reduction should start at Northgate Street.

At the very least there should be no parking in front of Walford School opposite Fisher Street.

Unley Road is a major arterial road in and out of the city. Unley Council thinks it can have it both ways; drop the speed limit and keep the on-street parking – very precious thinking. Time for Unley Road to become a DIT road. – Geoff Sauer

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The ill conceived adoption of lower speeds on our main arterial roads is another way of exacerbating the already existing problems of moving traffic efficiently around and through our city.

The problem has been created because we fail to define and recognise that the existing main arterial roads are just that, and an essential part of an efficient traffic system.

The state government needs to see that adopting this policy of restricting vehicular traffic on much needed arterial roads in the absence of existing effective alternatives is nothing more than poor planning and poor traffic management. We should avoid this preoccupation of imposing ‘road cholesterol “ in the essential road systems serving the city.

Allowing development along main arterial roads requires the clever design of traffic management in and out of these developed zones without the need to restrict efficient traffic flows. – Sozo Nikias

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