Feedback sought on Waikato Expressway speed limit

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 29, 2021

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on proposals to raise the speed limit on 64km of the Waikato Expressway to 110km/h.

The Waikato Expressway is nearing completion, with the Hamilton section scheduled to open in mid-2022.

In late 2017, following consultation, the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway was increased to 110km/h.

The Huntly, Rangiriri and Longswamp sections of the Expressway have been designed and built to be safely driven at 110km/h. The Hamilton section, which is in construction, will also be able to be safely driven at 110km/h. These sections have features that make it safer for travelling at higher speeds.

The agency is now preparing to upgrade the remaining sections; Ōhinewai, Hampton Downs, Ngāruawāhia and Tamahere. This will mean that, when completed, 64km of the Waikato Expressway between Hampton Downs and Tamahere will meet the necessary design and safety standards for a 110km/h speed limit.

Waka Kotahi director regional relationships David Speirs said before any speed limits can be changed, consultation must take place as part of the legal process for speed limit reviews.

“It’s important people have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed speed limit changes and let us know if there are any additional factors we need to consider before a final decision is made,” he said.

Speirs said this road has been selected because of its design and safety features.

“The speed limit can only be increased to 110km/h on roads that have features that make it safe for travelling at higher speeds, this includes having at least two lanes in each direction, a central median barrier and no significant curves.”

Feedback on the Waikato Expressway 110km/h speed review is open until 5pm on Tuesday 23 November 2021.