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Archived: 19 Feb 2018 3:38pm

The Council has confirmed it will implement a number of speed limit changes across the district.

The changes include extending the 50 km/hr urban speed limits in several townships and extending or introducing 80 km/hr limits on some rural roads in eastern Selwyn.

The changes were proposed after a review of speed limits late last year, and public consultation which was largely supportive of the proposals.

However speed limits will stay at 100km/hr on some key arterial routes. These routes, including Shands Rd (from Selwyn Rd to Boundary Rd), Springs Rd (from Hamptons Rd to Ellesmere Junction Rd), Selwyn Rd (from Shands Rd to Lincoln Rolleston Rd), and Lincoln Rolleston Rd (from Branthwaite Dr to Selwyn Rd) will remain unchanged at 100 km/hr, after consultation with the NZ Transport Agency.

Selwyn District Council Assets Manager Murray Washington says NZTA supported the reduction to 80 km/hr on rural roads in general but recommended that the limit on the arterial routes should remain at 100 km/hr.

“This is because these roads are of a higher standard, with a wider sealed area, and drivers differentiate these from the surrounding roads with narrower seals,” he says. “Retaining the higher limit will also address concerns raised by some submitters during the public consultation period.”

Townships where lower speed limits will be introduced or extended include Castle Hill, Leeston, Lincoln, Prebbleton, Rolleston, the Rolleston industrial area, and West Melton.

Mr Washington says the changes reflect the growth in townships across Selwyn and forecast
subdivision development.

An 80 km/hr limit is to be introduced on rural roads adjoining the Christchurch city boundary, including Maddisons Rd and extending out to Tai Tapu, Lincoln and Rolleston. The 80 km/hr speed limit on rural roads in the Prebbleton area will also be extended out to Lincoln and Rolleston.

A further review of the remaining speed limits across the district will be undertaken over the next four months, to ensure that the limits are aligned with NZTA guidelines. This work will focus on the replacement of 70 km/hr speed limits and the speed limits in urban areas not already reviewed. It will also include a review of speed limits around schools.

“It’s important that we respond appropriately to the changes in our district, as our growing population is bringing with it a significant increase in traffic volumes.

“These changes will help ensure that our roading network remains safe for everybody, and that speed limits encourage safe driving.”

The approved speed limit changes are planned to be implemented over the next six weeks, with new signs in place before 31 March.

The full schedule of speed limit changes and maps are available online at:

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