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What's the right speed on your road?

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As part of the Waikato Regional Transport Committee’s speed management project, we're working with local councils and the NZ Transport Agency to demonstrate the draft national Speed Management Guide.

As part of this process we are now seeking feedback on the following road locations in South Waikato District through this survey closing 5pm 8 May.  Find out more by clicking on the site location links below, or click here to complete the survey(external link)!

The survey for sites in Waipa, Waikato and Matamata-Piako Districts through this survey(external link)  closed on 20 April. You can still read about these sites by clicking on the location links below:

Waipa District Council also engaged on four other sites separate to the Waikato speed management project. You can access details on these sites here:

Demonstration site

Baird Road, Tokoroa – Waikato District

Overview

The current speed limit along Baird Road is 50km/h until you pass to the west of Forest View High School. Outside of school hours the average speed of traffic is 56km/h, which reduces to 49km/h during school hours. Recent crashes along the road have involved vehicles manoeuvring outside Forest View High School.

Proposed change

To create a safer environment for students at Forest View High School, there is an opportunity to introduce a variable 40km/h speed limit during the school drop-off and pick-up period. The variable speed limit would include the use of electronic signs. To reflect the fringe rural-urban environment of Baird Road, with the inclusion of a variable speed limit at certain times of day, a 60km/h speed limit could be applied to the road outside of school hours. This would better reflect the design and actual use of the road.

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Non-demonstration sites

Domain Road, Putaruru – South Waikato District

The land use along Domain Road includes an industrial area with a number of vehicle accesses and a rural environment with rural residential properties and marae. Actual travel speeds along the road are significantly less than the posted speeds, with 85% of traffic likely to travel at 75km/h or less along the route. The existing speed limit is 100km/h.

Given the actual travel speeds along the route, and the desire to provide a safer environment for businesses and residents along the road, there is the potential for the speed limit to be reduced to 80km/h east of the railway line, and 60km/h or 80km/h to the west of the railway line, where the industrial activities are located. This may help drivers unfamiliar with the road to travel at a safe and appropriate speed.

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Leslie Road (to Blue Spring/Te Waihou Walkway) – South Waikato District

Leslie Road is the key route to the popular tourist destination of Blue Springs and the Te Waihou Walkway. High demand for parking results in overspill parking on Leslie Road, which is narrow and winding, restricting movement along the road. The current speed limit is 100km/h, however, the actual travelling speeds are typically lower.

Given the popularity of the Blue Spring and Te Waihou Walkway, there is an opportunity to consider how to make the road safer for visitors and residents. This could include reducing the speed limit to less than 80km/h, improving signage, engineering improvements, and providing additional off road parking.

Other engagement sites

The survey period for these sites closed on 20 April.

Te Awamutu Town Centre – Waipa District

Overview

Te Awamutu town centre currently has a 50km/h speed limit. The area under consideration focuses on the town centre and includes Alexandra Street, Teasdale Street, Bank Street, Roche Street, Palmer Street, Redoubt Street, Walton Street and short sections of Arawata Street and Sloane Street. Currently the actual travel speed of most drivers along Alexandra Street is 42km/h or less.

Over the past five years there have been 58 recorded crashes, including four resulting in serious injury and nine minor injuries. These crashes have a social cost of around $700,000.

Proposed change

Based on an analysis following the draft national Speed Management Guide, a safe and appropriate speed would be 40km/h. This reflects the high pedestrian use, and the busy shopping areas. A lower speed limit could help people unfamiliar with the road to travel at a speed more reflective of what already happens.

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Cambridge Road (formerly SH1), Cambridge – Waipa District

Overview

This route extends from the Velodrome and St Peter’s School to Cambridge. It currently has a mix of speed limits varying from 50km/h to 100km/h depending on location along the road. With the opening of the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway there is an opportunity to relook at the speed limit on this road, especially with 70 crashes in the last five years, including 2 deaths.

Traffic volumes have reduced since opening of the Waikato Expressway, and use by cyclists may increase as this becomes a more attractive route for recreational cycling. Higher vehicle speeds result in more severe crashes.

Proposed change

Based on an analysis following the draft national Speed Management Guide, speed limits could be made more safe and appropriate by extending the 50km/h speed limit in Cambridge slightly, and extending the 80km/h speed limit from the Velodrome towards Cambridge. This would better reflect the future expected land use and reduce the severity of vehicle crashes along the route.

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Hydro Road, Karapiro – Waipa District

Overview

As the entrance to Karapiro Village from State Highway 1, speed limits on Hydro Road start at 100km/h, changing to 70km/h before finally reaching 50km/h. There is an opportunity to rationalise the speed limits making the road environment easier to understand, and reflecting the narrow nature of the road.

Proposed change

The draft national Speed Management Guide suggests that the existing 50km/h limit be retained but that a speed limit less 80km/h may be appropriate for the other section of the road.

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Buckland Road, Puketutu Road, Mathieson Road, Karapiro/Matamata – Waipa District and Matamata-Piako District

Overview

The Waikato region is home to a number of tourist sites that are rapidly increasing in popularity. In many cases this results in drivers unfamiliar with our roads travelling on routes that have not been built to cope with the increased traffic. Buckland Road and Puketutu Road are examples of this. Mathieson Road is a short no exit road and is included to ensure consistency of speed limits in the area. Over the past five years there have been 27 crashes, over half of which have been caused by losing control, or head on crashes at bends.

Proposed change

The current speed is 100km/h, however, based on analysis using the draft national Speed Management Guide a safe and appropriate speed would be 80km/h to the east of Hobbiton (towards Matamata) and 60km/h west of Hobbiton (towards Karapiro).  A lower speed limit could help direct unfamiliar drivers to the better quality highway route, and reduce the risk of crashes.

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Helenslee Road, Pokeno – Waikato District

Overview

Pokeno is experiencing major growth, with residential development growing at a fast rate to the north of the village east of Helenslee Road. Helenslee Road currently has an 80km/h temporary speed limit, and in places has gained an urban feel with wide verges, improved road markings and a footpath, while in other locations it retains its rural feel.

Proposed change

Given that growth will continue, there is an opportunity to reduce the speed limit to 60km/h to reflect its arterial function (connecting to SH1) while recognising the increased usage by vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as a result of residential growth.

As part of this we want your feedback on the speed limit within the adjacent residential subdivision. Is a 50km/h speed limit appropriate in Hillpark Drive, Mark Ball Drive and other local roads, or would a lower speed suit?

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Tuakau Bridge-Port Waikato Road – Waikato District

Overview

This road is the only link to the community of Port Waikato. It has a 100km/h speed limit along the majority of the road before it reduces to 70km/h shortly before reaching Maunsell Road intersection. The road has poor alignment and unforgiving roadsides, resulting in 58 crashes over the past five years, with a high proportion of crashes caused by a loss of control.

Currently the existing average travel speeds along the road are less than the posted speed limit, and there is an opportunity to reconsider this limit to suit reflect the actual travel speeds and reduce the number and severity of crashes.

Proposed change

Based on assessment under the draft National Speed Management Guide an 80km/h is considered most appropriate for much of the route. Closer to Port Waikato some of the road may be reduced from 70km/h to 50km/h to recognise the more residential environment and poor alignment.

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Non-demonstration sites

Pokuru School, Paterangi School and Goodwood School – Waipa District

Some residents in Waipa District have expressed concerns about the travel speed of vehicles in front of Pokuru School, Paterangi School and Goodwood School. There is the opportunity to introduce variable speed limits at these sites to provide for a safer arrival and departure for parents and children on weekday mornings and afternoons.

  • Pokuru School – 70km/h variable speed limit
  • Paterangi School – 70km/h variable speed limit
  • Goodwood School – 40km/h variable speed limit

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St Kilda Road, Cambridge – Waipa District

Development in the new St Kilda subdivision is changing the use of roads in the area. As a key access to Cambridge, the speed limit on St Kilda Road needs to be reviewed as an increasing number of new users are on the road including pedestrians and cyclists.

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