Council adopted the proposed amendments to the Speed Limit Bylaw 2011 bylaw at its extraordinary meeting on 06 May 2020.
This means lower speed limits will be introduced to a number of roads throughout the district from the end of June 2020.
Making the streets safer where we live was the main driver behind these speed limit reductions.
This was the third year of a three-year plan to assess and consult on our district’s speed limits. The main areas of focus were Raglan, the Newcastle Ward (Whatawhata and Te Kowhai) and Tuakau.
There were other stretches of roads in the district that weren’t captured in previous years.
As with those speed amendments, we followed the same strategy this year for our urban residential areas and reduced speed limits from 50kmh to 40kmh.
Additional areas of speed reduction were sought through the hearing process (Rotokauri area) and consultation on reducing those areas went out to residents. Feedback showed a majority for the status quo so the original proposed speeds were adhered to.
Physical works to implement the new speed reductions are taking place over the next few months. Delays due to the covid-19 pandemic pushed the schedule of works out slightly. Keep an eye out for any new speed signs in your area.
Where are the speed limit reduction proposals?
There are two ways to find out where the roads are that have had a speed limit reduction. Click on the link below and zoom in on the map. (Speed limit signs indicate where the latest round of amendments have been made)
View proposed changes
Or the Statement of Proposal Document below has a list of roads by area, which you can search through.
When will the new speed limits be implemented?
New speed limits signs go up from the end of June 2020, starting with an 80kmh to 60kmh reduction on a stretch of Wainui Rd, Raglan. This implementation ties in with footpath work being done in the area.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
Gordonton, Matangi, Tauwhare and Tamahere areas – 6 to 10 July
Te Kauwhata, Ngaruawahia, Horotiu, Te Kowhai areas – 13 to 17 July
Rotokauri, Whatawhata areas – 20 to 24 July
Waitetuna, Te Uku areas – 27 to 31 July
Pukekohe South, Tuakau, Taupiri areas – 3 to 7 August
Raglan – tbc – will tie in with the finalising of the SH23 revocation from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to Council.
Lowering speed limits is just one tool used to make our roads safer – other tools include significant investment in capital road safety improvements, changes to intersection controls, street lighting, road marking and signage as well as driver education programmes.