Melbourne City Council could soon introduce 40kmh speed limits across inner-city suburbs in an effort to alleviate worsening traffic conditions and improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

The plan – part of the Transport Strategy 2030 – was released following a six-week public consultation. As reported by the Age, it’s expected to be endorsed by councillors at a council meeting next week.

Affected areas will likely include East Melbourne, Carlton, South Melbourne and West Melbourne. The new speed limit would be enforced on Canning, Cardigan and Drummond streets in Carlton; Lygon Street between Elgin and Princes Streets; Adderley Street in West Melbourne; and on Courtney Street in North Melbourne.

The council will also trial a reduced speed limit of 30kmh or less on the CBD’s “Little” streets (Collins, Bourke, Lonsdale, La Trobe).

The new speed limits are intended to better manage Melbourne’s central city traffic and accommodate its growing population. The transport strategy will also reallocate road space, invest in walking and cycling infrastructure across the municipality, and support efficient and sustainable transport.

As reported by the Age, a 2012 speed limit drop to 40kmh in the inner city resulted in a 37 per cent decrease in crashes in the following five years.