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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is advising Hunter motorists of a major speed limit change due to come in to effect soon, along Newcastle Road, Griffiths Road and Thomas Street.

The Roads and Maritime Services have advised that the speed limit is set to drop from 70km/h to 60km/h effective from Sunday 11 March.

This new speed limit will stretch from Wallsend to Hamilton where the current 70km/h zones are in place.

The new speed limit comes after a review of speed limits by the RMS and an extensive crash history.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“Quite often these changes take people by surprise and the first thing they know about the new speed limit is when they are handed a fine for speeding.”

“The RMS has a number of flashing signs up along the length of Newcastle Road, Griffiths Road and Thomas Street, advising motorists of the impending changes.”

“Motorists should be aware and make sure they let family, friends and work colleagues know about the changes which come into effect from 11 March.”

“At most times of the day the road is heavily congested and the changes won’t make a difference to some people, but for some it will mean be a big change.”

“The Roads and Maritime Services have advised me that the speed reduction is due to a recent review of speed limits across the Hunter.”

“The RMS also advised that Newcastle Road also has an extensive crash history that is significantly higher than other arterial roads around the State.”

“I hope motorists heed the warning of the speed limit changes and that the NSW Police Force is willing to give motorists some leniency once the limit is reduced.”