New permanent speed limits for Yaldhurst area

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 9, 2020

Speed limits are changing in the Yaldhurst area after consultation conducted jointly by the NZ Transport Agency and Christchurch City Council.

“The speed limits on Yaldhurst roads have been the subject of ongoing community calls for reductions, particularly with the significant development in the area which has generated more pedestrian and cycling activity alongside traffic,” says NZTA director regional relationships Jim Harland.

NZTA‘s speed review proposed slower speed limits for SH73 on the western urban periphery of Christchurch, extending west through Yaldhurst township. The existing speed limits were 80kph and 100kph, with 70kph through Yaldhurst town centre. The technical assessment conducted by the NZTA supports reductions to 60kph through the urban fringe and Yaldhurst town centre with a reduction to 80kph to the west of Yaldhurst, while the intervening rural section east of Yaldhurst is to remain at 80kph.

The setting of the permanent speed limits follows engagement with the police, the NZ Automobile Association, and the Road Transport Forum, as well as consultation with the public.

“The feedback we received provided good support for speed reductions in the area and did not identify any particular further issues that we were not aware of,” says Harland. “Some people did, however, call for lower speeds and to extend the lower speed zones further west of Yaldhurst, which we may consider in the future.

“The increase in traffic and subsequent crashes, along with the commercial development and the many driveways off the highway, means 60 and 80 kilometres per hour limits are safe and appropriate speeds for this area.”

Christchurch City Council consulted on the speed limits for sections of Ryans, Pound, Hasketts and School Roads. The speed limits for these roads are being reduced from 70kph or 80kph to 60kph. Sections of Ryans, Hasketts and School Roads have already been implemented. Remaining changes on Ryans and Pound Roads will be coordinated with changes to SH73.

“Improving the safety of the road network is a critical issue for the council. These changes will reduce speeds at approaches to high risk intersections and maintain consistency of speed limits across the joint road network,” says Richard Osborne, head of transport at Christchurch City Council.

The following new permanent speed limits came into effect 4 December:

Location

Existing speed limit

New speed limit from 4 December 2020

SH73 East of Yaldhurst 
From 155m west of SH73/SH1 (Russley Road) intersection to 200m west of Sir John McKenzie Drive

80kph

60kph

SH73 Yaldhurst
A reduction of the existing 70km/h zone through Yaldhurst to 60km/h, and an extension of this 60km/h zone to 150m west of Hasketts Road

Yaldhurst
70kph


60kph

Extension of 60kph zone west
100kph

60kph

SH73 West of Yaldhurst
From 150m west of Hasketts Road to 200m west of Old West Coast Rd

100kph

80kph