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LED speed signs to improve Caxton Street road safety

11 September, 2015

Brisbane City Council is improving safety for Caxton Street pedestrians and road users with the introduction of new high-visibility LED speed signs, which alert motorists to the 40 kilometres per hour speed limit.

Infrastructure Chairman, Cr Adrian Schrinner said Caxton Street was a vibrant 24/7 entertainment precinct, hosting tens of thousands of patrons, particularly before and after sporting events.

“To improve the road safety in this bustling precinct, we have installed two high-visibility speed warning signs, to keep motorists aware of their speed and slow down vehicles speeding along Caxton Street,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The signs are wirelessly connected to Council’s dedicated Congestion Reduction Unit, where the team will be able to remotely activate them whenever necessary for traffic control.

“The safety of both pedestrians and motorists is our priority and these signs have resulted in an average reduction of speeding vehicles by 10 kilometres per hour where they’ve been installed in other areas of the city.”

Local Councillor Peter Matic said he had consulted closely with Caxton Street traders to address safety concerns during large pedestrian crowds before and after events at Suncorp Stadium.

“With the 50,000 seat Suncorp Stadium at the corner of Caxton and Hale Streets and an array of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes, Caxton Street experiences significant volumes of pedestrian traffic, with patrons tending to spill out onto the road on large-scale event nights,” Cr Matic said.

“These two speed signs on Caxton Street will be activated in flash mode on event nights to ensure road traffic adheres to the 40 kilometres per hour speed limit, providing a much safer environment for pedestrians and road users.”

The LED signs – located just after Hale Street on the inbound side of Caxton Street and on the corner of Sheriff Street at the Petrie Terrace end – can also be activated in a flashing mode to further improve visibility during major events or on peak trading nights.

The two signs which are part of the $31,000 project are equipped with solar power sources for clean, green energy.

For more information about Brisbane City Council road safety initiatives visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 3403 8888.

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