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Have your say on Tasman road speed limits

February 25th, 2013

Council is proposing raising the speed limit from 50kph to 70kph on parts of Marchwood Park Road, Queen Victoria Street and Lower Moutere, plus speed reductions around the Tasman settlement, and wants to hear you opinion.

These proposed changes are part of a large set of proposals on the speed limits on Tasmanís roads, which are the subject of consultation for the next four weeks.

Approved in 2004, the current bylaw covers the speed limits on roads administered by the Council as opposed to the state highways managed by NZ Transport Agency. As part of the review, which must occur every 10 years, the Council has proposed to change the current limits in some places to better reflect the speed at which motorists travel.

Generally, this has led to the majority of proposed changes aimed at lowering limits with a few increases. Council says this process of setting limits is consistent with the Safe System approach which underpins the national focus on reducing fatal and severe crashes.

Public consultation on the proposed speed limit bylaw closes on Monday March 25th. The Draft bylaw, Statement of Proposal and Summary of information available on the Council website at this address, or at service centres and libraries.

Most of the proposed changes relate to parts of the district other than Motueka and surrounds. One local suggestion that will probably generate some attention relates to Marchwood Park Road, Queen Victoria Street, and Motueka North and South and Lower Moutere.

The proposal is to diminish the Urban Traffic Area by revoking the 50kph speed limit applying to Marchwood Park Road and Queen Victoria Street extending from a point 50 metres north of College Street in a northerly direction to a point 10metres north of Marchwood Park Road intersection; and to put in place a 70kph speed limit enclosing Marchwood Park Road and that portion of Queen Victoria Street.

No change is proposed to the existing 80, 50 and 30kph speed limits on Riwaka Kaiteriteri Road or Kaiteriteri settlement, or to roads in the Riwaka / Brooklyn area.

In the Tasman area, including Marriages Road, Mamaku Road, Horton Road, Awa Awa Road, Permin Road, Brookview Heights, Williams Road, Dee Road and Kina Peninsular Road, it is proposed to put in place an 80kph speed limit (presently 100kph) on the following roads:

  • Aporo Road from a point 300 metres south of Williams Road and extending in a northerly direction to point 70 metres south of Kina Beach Road;
  • Kina Beach Road from Aporo Road to the existing 70kph speed limit near Dee Road;
  • Baldwin Road extending from the existing 50kph speed limit to the road end;
  • The entire length of the following roads: Marriages Road, Mamaku Road, Horton Road, Awa Awa Road, Permin Road, Brookview Heights, Williams Road, Dee Road and Kina Peninsula Road.

Finally it is proposed to revoke the 70kph speed limit on Aporo Road through the Tasman Village and put in place a permanent 60kph speed limit.

To make a submission, go to this web page.


Comment by Harald Laarakker:
[Posted 15 April 2013]

I would like to see a change in the speed limit on Queen Victoria Street. As the growth of the suburban life and amount of youth traveling on Queen Victoria street grows, we need to lower the speed limit on this street. Child safety is my greatest motivation for this submission. Another is general safety and noise control for the residents close to the road.

I propose a speed limit of 50 km/h on the whole of Queen Victoria Street! We need to keep a fixed eye on the safety on this street! Kids travel to school on this road. They cross it and the school buses stop here every day. Children need to cross the road! The 70 km/h speed is dangerous!!!

There are more issues on this Street but not subject to the speed limit submission. Please consider investing in the upgrading of Queen Victoria Street. Footpaths and cycle paths! The current cycle path is often paved with glass, stones and cuttings from the green wind barriers that are pruned with a machine. Cars also park on the cycle pathway! Heavy traffic is a danger to all at 70 km/h. Please help keep people safe on our roads! Reduce speed = reduce danger = reduce lose of life!

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