Lower SH30 speeds proposed
Posted: 26-Jan-2022 |
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is proposing lower speed limits on another long stretch of State Highway in the North Island.
Following a review of speed limits along State Highway 30 (SH30) between Tikitere and Whakatāne, NZTA is proposing a selection of lowered speed limits in an effort to save lives and prevent serious injuries from crashes on what it calls a high-risk road.
Under the proposal, the speed limits along the entire length of SH30 between Tikitere and Whakatane would be changed to 80km/h (and lower for some sections of the highway).
“We are proposing lower speed limits to make the road safer for everyone who uses it,” says Director of Regional Relationships David Speirs.
“Our analysis shows that the current range of speed limits on SH30 are not safe and appropriate for the road. Safe speeds save lives. When speeds are safe for the road, simple mistakes are less likely to end in tragedy,” says Mr Speirs.
“SH30 caters to a wide range of competing travel needs including tourists, cyclists and school children. In addition, crashes on this route can cause extensive delays and long detours if there are road closures.
“The deaths and serious injuries along this stretch of road have caused immeasurable grief and suffering for families and communities. It is more important that everyone gets to their destination safely, rather than trying to get there quickly.”
Waka Kotahi is now formally asking for feedback from stakeholders and the public about proposals to change the speed limits along SH30 between Tikitere and Whakatāne. The formal consultation period began this week and runs until 18 February 2022.
Mr Speirs says this feedback will be considered by Waka Kotahi before it makes decisions on these proposed speed limit changes. The consultation period provides a month to give feedback on the proposed speed limit changes.
In the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, NZTA says 10 people lost their lives and 73 were seriously injured in crashes on this section of SH30.
Under the proposal there are five sections of SH30 currently posted with a 100km/h limit that will reduce to 80km/h. Three sections will reduce from 100km/h to 60km/h and three more, where 80km/h limits currently apply, will be reduced to 60km/h.