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Speed limit review for SH29, 29A and 24

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is continuing to review speed limits on state highways around the region. File photo.

People from Te Poi, Matamata and Tauranga are being asked to share local insights as Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency continues to review speed limits on state highways around the region.

State Highways 24, 29 and 29A in East Waikato and Bay of Plenty are under the spotlight after being identified as roads where safer speed limits could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries.

Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships David Speirs says between 2010 and 2019, 28 people died and 118 were seriously injured on these roads.

“We’re working toward a future where no-one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Aotearoa New Zealand,” he says.

“Lots of change is needed to get us there but there is one thing we can do that will make a huge difference immediately – making speeds safer on our roads.

“The speed of a vehicle at impact is the single biggest factor that determines if you or someone you love walks away from a crash.”

In the past, Waka Kotahi has heard concerns about the speed people are travelling on these roads and through the local communities.

“Engaging with the community helps us understand how people feel about current speeds in the area, including on roads around their local school, marae, business or workplace.”

This information helps when deciding if a speed limit change is the best thing to do to improve road safety, where new speed limits might begin or end, and if any other safety improvements might be needed. The feedback also helps decide if and what speed limit changes will be formally consulted on.

“We’d like people to tell us about places that are hard to get to or from, how safe they feel crossing the highway or letting their children walk or cycle to school in certain areas, and if there are any other sites or information that we need to be especially aware of,” Mr Speirs says.

“Reviewing speed limits is something we can do to prevent avoidable deaths and help us to achieve our Road to Zero target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 40 percent over the next 10 years.”

View a map of the current speed limits on the roads in question here.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Come and see us at a drop-in session

  • Te Poi School Hall, Stopford Road, RD3, Matamata: Thursday, October 21, 3pm – 6pm
  • Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre, 17 Tainui Street, Matamata: Friday, October 22, 3pm – 6pm

If you are unable to attend in person and wish to provide feedback, go to: nzta.govt.nz/speedreviews or email bayofplenty.speed.reviews@nzta.govt.nz

 

Feedback closes at 5pm on Wednesday, November 3.

Please note: The drop-in events will only proceed under COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2. If they are unable to proceed due to a change in alert levels you can still have your say by emailing your feedback or commenting on our interactive map on the project webpage.

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@old trucker

Posted on 07-10-2021 13:16 | By morepork

Back in the ’90s some students at the London School of Economics modelled what would happen if every car that goes into London each day, was a horse. The City would be 4 feet deep in horses**t at the end of a day. I like the image of you and Betty doing your job, but remember to take a bucket and shovel and pick up after her... I guess a horse is like a big dog really... :-)

I WOULD SAY

Posted on 07-10-2021 04:45 | By old trucker

The signs would have already been made,and going to these drop in points is a waste of time ,BECAUSE all those STIFF SHIRTS have made up their minds,WORKING towards a future where no one is KILLED or INJURED is a lot of BULL DUST,well that will give Fire brigade and Ambulance a chance to only work 8hr days instead of 24hr 7 days, im getting my horse out of retirement and bulk her up to get going she is old but we will get there safely, i will use cycle lane and use my old lever swing out arm to turn,after 75 yrs of then going to the factory horse and dray with milk and cream i will be in my element,clip clop come on BETTY good girl we will be in Te Puna by tomorrow night from town today,Thanks Sunlive No1 in NEWS, Thankyou 10-4 out. PHEW.

@The Professor

Posted on 06-10-2021 20:45 | By morepork

Thanks for supporting something I feel quite strongly about. I don’t know where or who would be the best place to lobby these arguments, but if more people are discussing them, then eventually it may catch the eye of someone who has to make decisions about it.

Speeds

Posted on 06-10-2021 15:55 | By

Reducing speeds to Boredom levels will cause less focus and concentration than we have now and hence more crashes and serious injuries. This is unbelievable, git no problem with the dynamic limits around T intersections but sendi g everyone to sleep is stupid

@morepork

Posted on 06-10-2021 14:41 | By

Absolutely bang on mate!! Authorities are fixated with reducing speed limits........mostly in the wrong areas. We also need to make sure new highways are built to handle fair speeds.....at least 100km/h but preferably 110km/h......the new Northern Link for example, if it ever goes ahead.

stupid

Posted on 06-10-2021 13:04 | By

we will be walking a red flag before long in front of every car.

Speed kills?

Posted on 06-10-2021 12:53 | By morepork

Seems to be the universal mantra from the authorities. There is no argument that a high speed impact is more devastating than a low speed one, but it isn’t really quite that simple. The thing that is most dangerous on the roads (even more so than speed) is incompetence and inattention. I believe that speed should be strictly controlled and enforced in built up areas, but people should be allowed to make up the time they lost complying in town, by having a fair speed limit on the open road. People should always drive according to the road and the conditions, but simply dropping the speed limit on open roads because it is less damaging when impacts occur is not a valid argument. A better argument would be to make sure that impacts DON’T occur and that means Defensive Driving for everybody, at no charge.