Hamilton City SH1, SH3 and SH26 speed reviews open for consultation

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 28, 2020

The public is being invited to have its say on safer speed limits on three state highways within Hamilton.

Public consultation has opened on the NZ Transport Agency‘s proposed changes to speed limits on State Highways 1, 3 and 26 within Hamilton City. Making sure speed limits are safe and appropriate for the road is one of the best things the NZTA can do to help prevent deaths and serious injuries.

“No matter what causes a crash, speed is always a factor in the severity. Put simply, the speed of impact can be the difference between walking away or being carried away from a crash,” says director regional relationships Steve Mutton.

“There have been 10 people killed and 60 seriously injured in crashes on these roads in the 10 years between 2009 and 2018. In 2019, the Waikato region had the highest number of road deaths in the country and we need to do something to turn this around.

“There are many cyclists, pedestrians and a greater mix of vehicle types using the state highway network in this urban environment, which creates safety issues for everyone. Ensuring safer speed limits is a relatively simple way to help reduce those safety risks for all road users.”

Hamilton City Council manages and implements speed limit changes on local roads within the city, while the NZTA manages speed limit changes for the state highway network. The two organisations have been working together on safety including speed management. Hamilton City Council‘s speed management plan is progressively being rolled out across the city. This speed review on the state highways in the urban area by the NZTA is consistent with the council‘s approach to speed on the local roads.

At a recent infrastructure operations committee meeting, Hamilton City councillors had the chance to debate the proposed changes and were generally supportive of the proposal by the NZTA. Council will be making a submission during the consultation period, which closes on 21 August.

Formal public consultation on the proposed changes to speed limits on SH1, SH3 and SH26 will run from 27 July to 21 August 2020.

Further information and online options to make submissions on these proposals can be found here: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/hamilton-city-speed-review/