Horowhenua District Council is undertaking Stage 1 of a district-wide review of speed limits on rural roads. Submissions close at 5PM on 15 March 2019. Extracts below, but read the full information at the link.
This review affects most of the rural roads reached by turning off SH1 onto Waikawa Beach Road. We’ve collated the individual suggestions from the proposal document available at the Council’s website (and linked below in case their link disappears).
Their document doesn’t mention
our Whakahoro Road (opposite 363 Waikawa Beach Road), but we’ve queried that.
Update: Brent replied:
As the section of Whakahoro Road off Waikawa Beach Road isn’t a Council maintained road this is not included in the statement of proposal, this road has always been treated as a paper road hence why it is not included.
The overarching purpose of this review is to ensure that safe and appropriate speed limits are set on Council’s roads, thereby enhancing the safety of the district’s road network. By reducing the speeds it reduces the severity of crashes so that there are less fatalities and serious injuries.
The review also aims to establish consistent speed zones, minimising frequent changes to speed limits, so the public knows what to expect and to avoid confusion.
Following an initial online survey of community views, Council is now inviting written submissions on the proposal to reduce speed limits on rural roads. The submission is for all rural roads throughout the district where the speed limit is currently 70 km/h or higher. You may comment as an individual, or on behalf of groups and organisations.
How to make a submission – it’s easy!
Anyone can have their say on proposed changes to speed limits on rural roads as part of the district-wide speed limit review.
You can make a submission by either filling out an online form or by filling out the downloadable print form (which can also be picked up from and delivered to our service centres).
The specific proposals drop the speed limit from 100 kph on all our public rural roads to 80 Kph for Waikawa Beach Road, Takapu Road, Emma Drive and Kristin Place, but to 60 Kph for Strathnaver Drive and Reay Mackay Grove. It’s hard to believe that any of those smaller roads were 100 Kph to start with.
As well as sending a submission to Horowhenua District Council please leave a comment below so the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association also knows what people in this area think of the proposals. It’d be good to see a constructive discussion on the proposals.