Speed limits increase on Solitary Islands Way

CALLS for a review of speed limits on Solitary Islands Way have been answered this week as new limits come into effect at Sapphire Beach.

Roads and Maritime Services yesterday increased speed limits to 80kmh on the service road between the Pacific Hwy at Sapphire Beach to 200 metres south of the Sapphire Interchange roundabout at Headland Rd.

The reduced 60kmh limit had been in place since construction of the Pacific Hwy Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade, as well as after its completion in mid-2014.

An RMS spokeswoman said the speed limit was recently reviewed in consultation with Coffs Harbour City Council in accordance with NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines.

"The review assessed a number of factors including the level of roadside development and traffic flow," the spokeswoman said.

"This change aims to provide a more consistent approach to speed limits in this area, while maintaining safety for all road users."

Saf Café owner Glenda Gall said the change was well overdue.

"The (former Pacific Hwy) was at 100kmh and now that extremely dangerous traffic has been taken off the road there was no reason to keep it at 60kmh," she said.

"The pedestrian lane on Solitary Islands Way is very adequate so I don't see (the speed increase) being an issue.

"It's a very reasonable change."

The announcement follows calls by Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker for a review of the speed limits last year.

Mr Hartsuyker also recommended a speed limit increase on Solitary Island Way between the intersection with Old Bucca Rd approaching the Bucca Rd turn-off; and sections between Emerald and Sandy Beach.

An RMS spokeswoman said further speed limit changes on the road were not currently being considered but would work with Coffs Harbour City Council if a review was requested.

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