Warrnambool City Council is seeking VicRoads approval to reduce the speed limit on Wollaston Road

Speed drop: Doug Gardner, Brian McLaren, Sandy Gardner and Lois Morrow where a ute crashed through a slow down sign. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Speed drop: Doug Gardner, Brian McLaren, Sandy Gardner and Lois Morrow where a ute crashed through a slow down sign. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WARRNAMBOOL City Council has revealed it is seeking approval to reduce the speed limit on Wollaston Road, after residents voiced safety concerns.

A spokesman said the council’s traffic management officers were of the view the rural stretch of road should transition to a 60km/h speed limit, particularly given the area was becoming more urbanised.

“Council staff will meet again with VicRoads over coming weeks to seek approval for the lowering of the speed limit,” he said.

Residents in the area called for a permanent lowering of the speed limit to 60km/h on Monday, after a car crashed through a ‘slow down’ sign and into a large gum tree on the weekend.  

They are concerned someone will be killed if something is not done about the corner.

One resident said it was the second time in a year a car had crashed through her fence.

They would also like to see barriers installed around the corner to prevent cars from crashing into the ditch.

The council spokesman said the accident over the weekend was a timely reminder for motorists to drive according to the conditions.

“This includes taking note of advisory signs such as the yellow signs which advise motorists of a safer speed to drive within,” he said.

Wollaston Road resident Jenny McLaren told The Standard on Monday she was one of many with concerns. 

“The speed limits in this section of Wollaston Road have been an issue for residents for a long time,” she said.

“All of the long-time residents have all got stories of many, many vehicles coming through fences and into their properties.”