14 April 2021
Consultation on the 2021 Speed Limit Review closes in one week on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Residents can provide feedback on the proposed changes to speed limits on local roads and state highways in Rotorua.
To find out more about the proposed changes and to provide feedback go to www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/speedreview
24 March 2021
Rotorua residents will have a month to give feedback on proposed changes to speed limits on local roads and state highways across the district.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Rotorua Lakes Council are working together to improve the safety of the transport network and one of the actions to achieve that is to review speed limits in Rotorua.
For more information or to provide feedback go to www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/speedreview
Infrastructure Group Manager Stavros Michael says these reviews are an important process to ensure the transport network in Rotorua remains safe, efficient and consistent with speed limit standards across the region and the country.
“Council broadly reviews posted speed limits approximately every three years to ensure consistency. A review of a particular speed limit is generated by Council’s safety audits, sometimes prompted by feedback from our community, in response to vehicle crashes and consequent police crash investigation reports. An example of ensuring consistency with standards is the removal of 70km/h zones. Waka Kotahi is looking to phase out all 70km/h zones and we need to ensure our local network is in line with that of the national network.
“Another important aspect of this review is the consideration of appropriate speeds around rural schools. This is a result of the Rural School Road Safety Review that we have undertaken to understand the safety needs of each rural school and what can be implemented to address those needs.”
Council has partnered with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for this round of consultation. Waka Kotahi is proposing new speed limits for State Highway 5 and State Highway 30 and want to hear from the Rotorua community before decisions are made.
Between 2009 and 2018, there were 629 crashes, six people were killed and 26 were seriously injured on these state highways. The aim of the speed reviews is to turn those figures around and make the network a safer place for all users.
Waka Kotahi Director Regional Relationships David Speirs says SH5 and SH30 are used for everything from commuting, freight and tourism to people trying to get their children to school or head out for a mountain bike ride.
“The best thing we can do to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured is to make speed limits safer. Safer speed limits are safer for all road users.”
Consultation opens on Wednesday 24 March and residents can submit feedback for both local road and highway speed limit changes using Council’s online engagement hub Korero Mai.
Hard copy Waka Kotahi submission forms and a list of the proposed local road changes can be found at Rotorua Lakes Council’s Customer Centre. Council and Waka Kotahi will also be taking submissions at the Transport Info Days this week – click here to find event details.
For more information about Waka Kotahi SH5 and SH30 speed review visit: www.nzta.govt.nz/SH5SH30-urban-rotorua
Consultation closes on Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 5pm.