REVERSING its position on the 100kmh speed zone for the Pacific Highway at Tyndale has earned NSW Roads and Maritime Services some belated praise.
The change of heart was a surprise for all stakeholders as a 2013 RMS study of the stretch of highway came to the conclusion it was suited to a 100kmh zone.
The decision is a hard-fought win for the community, said Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, who lobbied alongside locals for the change.
"While a faster highway is convenient, a safer one is more important and there have been a series of crashes in Tyndale over the years including a fatality as recently as April 19," Mr Gulaptis said.
"That is why we have been pushing for this change for several years. The bureaucracy doesn't change speed limits lightly but we were able to put a very good case to the authorities.
"I was prepared to go to the minister if the RMS had again rejected the proposal, but this time they came down on our side."
The speed limit will be reduced to 80kmh from 240m south of Coldstream Rd to about 1.3km north of Sheehys Lane.
Roads and Maritime will install the new signs by mid-July and electronic signs will be in place to warn road users of the change.
Tyndale Progress Association spokeswoman Anne Lloyd said the drop in the speed limit was a good interim result for the village until the completion of the Pacific Hwy upgrade.
She said residents were forced to use the highway as a local road which meant they had to get up to "racing speed" every time they ventured onto it.
"It's going to be a lot better for the whole community when the highway bypasses us," she said.
"It may change the profile of the village, but we will have the southbound exit for Grafton coming through.
"I know the motel gets a lot of repeat business, so it won't experience too much change. The roadhouse gets some passing trade, so it could be affected."
Mrs Lloyd said the main benefit for the community would be stopping the tragic car crashes near the village.