Speed reductions seen as a priority

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Speed reductions mooted ... Waimakariri residents are being asked for their views on proposed new speed limits in the Woodend area. IMAGE: WAIMAKARIRI DISTRICT COUNCIL

By DAVID HILL

Lower speed limits could become the norm in the Waimakariri District.

The Waimakariri District Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are seeking feedback on two separate consultations on lowering limits in the Woodend area.

Council chief executive Jim Palmer says reviewing speed limits across the district is becoming a major exercise and more speed-limit reductions are likely.

A tendency to reduce limits has been signalled, he said, with safety as one of the five priorities under the National Policy Statement on road safety.

Mr Palmer says several 100kmh roads will be cut to 80kmh, while the 70kmh limit is being phased out by the agency and replaced by 60kmh.

It is also possible speed limits on urban streets, aside from the main arterial routes, may be reduced from 50kmh to 40kmh or even 30kmh.

“For streets like High Street (Rangiora), we try to put in traffic-calming measures such as speed humps, traffic islands and crossings to create an environment where most traffic will probably not be doing more than 30kmh, which is what we want.

“It is quite possible we could consult on a 30kmh speed limit for High Street, but there are no immediate plans at this stage.”

The council is consulting on proposed lower limits for Coldstream Road, Golf Links Rd, Marchmont Rd, Smarts Rd, Tulls Rd, Wards Rd, Pegasus Boulevard, Preeces Rd, Kaiapoi Pa Rd, Tuahiwi Rd and surrounding streets.

The consultation will run until September 9.

The NZTA’s speed-limit consultation for State Highway 1 from Lineside Rd to Waikuku is also running until September 6.

Details on the proposed new speed limits and the feedback form is available at waimakariri.govt.nz/letstalk.

Public sessions are being held at the Pegasus Community Centre on August 27 from 4.30pm to 7pm, the Rangiora Town Hall on August 28 from 4.30pm to 7pm, and the Woodend Community Centre on August 29 from 3pm to 6.30pm.