Waterloo businesses call for South Western Highway speed limit drop

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Greg Homer
Camera IconGreg Homer Credit: Callum Hunter/South Western Times

Following another truck crash on South Western Highway last week, businesses in Waterloo have renewed their calls for a decrease in the speed limit on the road.

Waterloo Village Caravan Park owner Greg Homer and LGM Industries chief financial officer Andrew Holborn have called for a decrease in the limit from 100km/h to 80km/h for a 3km stretch that runs past their businesses.

Emergency services were present at the crash in Waterloo on South Western Highway on Wednesday.
Camera IconEmergency services were present at the crash in Waterloo on South Western Highway on Wednesday. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Mr Homer has actively voiced his concerns about the stretch of highway in the past and said he had witnessed so many near misses.

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“We are still driven to see the easiest of solutions done, which is just to lower the speed limit,” he said.

We often have discussions about the amount of times we hear tyres squealing or brakes and we’d just like to see that initial step.

Greg Homer

“It just takes one split second where somebody is unfortunately distracted or has the sun in their eyes and something happens way too quickly,” he said.

LGM Industries Andrew Holborn said he could not understand how Main Roads could allow a speed limit of 100km/h in the area.

“Our issue is safe access for our workers particularly,” he said.

It just seems ridiculous the speed limit goes from 80km/h to 100km/h in an area where there’s three or four access points, there’s a lot of people coming in and out — it’s just a nightmare of a spot.

Andrew Holborn

Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett said the council was supportive of the call for changes to the speed limit as it was a “dangerous bit of road”.

“There’s still plenty of opportunity for accidents with the way the road is structured at the moment,” Cr Bennett said.

“You’re coming in to a built up area, it’s only natural it should be cut back a bit.”

A Main Roads spokeswoman previously told the South Western Times the stretch of highway was not of particular concern and speed had not been a factor in crashes reported in the area.

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