Proposed speed limit changes for Tauranga

The council is proposing to reduce speed limits in areas of high traffic volume, mixed with cyclists and pedestrians. Supplied photos.

Tauranga City Council is seeking to change the speed limits on a number of local roads and near some of the city’s schools, and is asking the community for their feedback on the proposed changes.

Director of Transport Brendan Bisley says the reduced speed limits and 40km per hour variable speed limits around school environments will improve safety and provide consistency with the speed limits on similar roads in the city.

“As our city has grown, some of the higher speed limits that are in place are no longer appropriate with the higher density of housing, vehicle volumes and the mix of cyclists and pedestrians using the streets.

“Typically, these are locations where the existing speed limit is greater than 50km per hour and the growth of our city has made the existing speed limits inappropriate due to urbanisation and changing land use.

“Reducing the speed limits on these key roads and around the school environments will achieve significant safety benefits for the community.”

The proposed changes are to sections of Ohauiti Road, Welcome Bay Road, Kaitemako Road, Oropi Road, Pyes Pa Road, Parton Road, Tara Road, Domain Road, Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road, and Totara Street.

Pyes Pa Road.

Local road

What’s proposed

Ohauiti Road

Change some of the current 70km/h section to 50km/h by extending the 50km/h speed limit from 75m south of Summerhaven Place to 100m south of Adler Drive.

Welcome Bay Road

Change current 60km/h speed limit sections of Welcome Bay Road to 50km/h.

Kaitemako Road

Change current 70km/h speed limit to 50km/h from opposite Waipuna Park to 60m south of Tobacco Hill.
Change current 100km/h limit to 80km/h from 60m south of Tobacco Hill to 100m north of the Western Bay of Plenty District boundary.

Pyes Pa Road

Change current 60km/h speed limit to 50 km/h from Barkes Corner roundabout to 80m south of Kennedy Road.

Oropi Road

Change current 80km/h speed limit to 60 km/h between SH29A roundabout and Wood Road.

Parton Road

Change current 70km/h section of Parton Road to 50km/h from 200m south of Tara Road roundabout to east of Gordon Spratt Reserve. This will include the roundabout at Tara Road.

Tara Road

Change speed limit of Tara Road from 80km/h to 60km/h.

Domain Road

Change current 70km/h speed limit at the southern end of Domain Road to 50 km/h.

Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road

Change all sections of Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road that are currently 60km/h to 50km/h.

Totara Street

Change existing 60km/h speed limit on Totara Street to 50km/h from Hewletts Road to Rata Street.

The proposed 40km/h variable speed locations are around the school zones of Aquinas College, Tauranga Intermediate School, Matua Primary School, Golden Sands School and Taumata School.

The proposed 40km per hour variable speed limits mean that the speed limit will reduce to 40km per hour for a 30-45 minute period around school opening and closing times, when traffic and pedestrians peak around the school area.

They will revert back to the regular speed limit outside of those specified times.


What’s proposed

Aquinas College, Pyes Pa

40km/h variable speed limit on Pyes Pa Road from 200m north of Joyce Road to 35m north of Freeburn Road.

Tauranga Intermediate School, Tauranga

40km/h variable speed limit on Fraser Street from 100m north of Brook Street to Seventeenth Avenue; Eighteenth Avenue from Fraser Street to Grace Road; and Grace Road from Eighteenth Avenue to Kaka Street.

Matua Primary School, Matua

40km/h variable speed limit on Levers Road from 25m south-west of Sylvania Drive to 30m east of Woods Avenue.

Golden Sands School, Papamoa

40km/h variable speed limit on Golden Sands Drive from 200m east of Kapuka Street to 20m south of Wairakei Avenue.

Taumata School, The Lakes

40km/h variable speed limit on Kennedy Road between the western end of Mortlake Heights and Flack Street; Mortlake Heights from 15m west of Audax Lane to Kennedy Road; and Te Ranga Memorial Drive from Kennedy Road to Turnbridge Street.

These proposed changes form a partial review of the Tauranga City Council Speed Limits

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About time

Posted on 10-11-2020 09:32 | By Kancho

Well Nick evidence isn’t necessarily collected by council so how will they know?. Perhaps a death may work ? On Pyes Pa road pedestrians getting across the road to shops is very difficult . There have been several car accidents, the crossing island demolished several times and no crossing linking up to the pedestrian entrance either. People often stranded in the middle of the road as traffic speed makes it impossible to time crossing. Petitioned council over a year ago so the reduction of speed well overdue. Its just too busy a shopping centre and road to sustain 60 kph The difference to 50 will hardly make a difference to traffic but will for local pedestrians and kids. Aquinas college busy too


Posted on 02-11-2020 20:37 | By Told you

To drop some speeds by as much as 20km in some areas seems unreasonable,I can see a raft of speeding fines,so there is going to be a host of disgruntled motorists.


Posted on 02-11-2020 18:25 | By Nick220

Decisions like this should be strictly evidence base, Like How many incidents are on these roads? or is it just people complaining like usual that’s prompted the change? There is no point doing things for "Safety" if no one has been in danger.....


Posted on 02-11-2020 09:12 | By dumbkof2

while they are at it, put some road markers up to stop morons cutting corners into cycle lane on welcome bay road. i have witnessed several near misses where these morons have nearly run into cyclists.

Do It

Posted on 02-11-2020 08:15 | By

Especially speeds outside schools the variable reduction is long overdue. I hope you use those big orange light-up signs around ALL schools. This one shouldn’t even be a question or out for consideration. Perhaps look at the speed limit at Memorial Park down to the pools too. It’s posted speed is 20kmh then speed up to 25kmh as you get to the speed hump by the pools where most kids will be hyped up running around talking and concentrating on their adventure/big day out.

Yes please.

Posted on 02-11-2020 07:34 | By Kancho

Long overdue. As long as speed is well sign posted and no confusion regarding variable times. Particularly pleased for my area where a petition seemed to have been ignored. So finally some sense , get on with the changes asap