Purvis Lane speed limit to be reviewed by Roads and Maritime Services after fatality

FIX IT: Rhonda Millar and Shell Dodd want the speed limit to be lowered at a Dubbo intersection where a man was killed earlier in the month. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

FIX IT: Rhonda Millar and Shell Dodd want the speed limit to be lowered at a Dubbo intersection where a man was killed earlier in the month. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

A review into the speed limit on Purvis Lane is being undertaken by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Secret Garden Cafe owner Shell Dodd said she was aware of five accidents on the corner of Newell Highway and Purvis Lane since starting up last year.

About 15 months ago Ms Dodd tried to lobby Roads and Maritime Services to extend the 60 km/h speed zone from the edge of Dubbo out past the intersection. 

Ms Dodd said she approached RMS outlets in Dubbo and via the internet but never received any response.

The most recent was earlier in the month when a 76-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving collided with a truck.

Ms Dodd and Old Ganarrin Nursery owner Rhonda Millar quickly became aware of the accident and several of Ms Dodd’s customers were witnesses.

“How many deaths do there have to be before they will change it?” Ms Dodd said at the time.

Suggestions on how the intersection needed to be improved flooded the Daily Liberal Facebook page after the fatal accident.

One commenter suggested removing the trees on the northern side of the road, as it was very hard to see the south bound traffic when coming out of Purvis Lane.

Another wrote: “Dropping the speed isn’t the answer. 60, 80 or 90kph won’t help with visibility. RMS need to remove the trees at least 200m either side of the intersection. You can’t see the vehicles until they are right at the intersection.”

Not everyone agreed the speed limit should be reduced.

“Lower the speed limit. Then more people will pull out of the intersection because the traffic is travelling slower and they think they have more time. Cause a lot more accidents,” one person wrote.

How many deaths do there have to be before they change it? - Shell Dodd

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said reviews were often undertaken to ensure speed limits were appropriate, which included looking at the road conditions.

“Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police often review road corridors following fatal crashes on the state network,” he said.

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