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Speeds change on Wednesday

27 July 2018

MG 7015 SmallFrom Wednesday [August 1] new lower speed limits on some of Hastings roads will be in force.

The major changes are: Arataki Rd (50kmh from Brookvale Rd to the current 50kmh near Russell Robertson Dr – down from 70kmh); Chatham Rd (50kmh for the full length – down from 70kmh); Farndon Rd (80kmh from Pakōwhai Rd to the 50kmh zone at the Clive end – down from 100kmh); Kirkwood Rd (an extension of the 50kmh zone to 350m northwest of Wilkes Pl); Percival Rd (new road - 50kmh for the full length); St George’s Rd (continuation of the 80kmh speed limit from the current 80kmh section through to Te Aute Rd - down from 100kmh); York Rd (down to 80kmh from the current 70kmh speed limit to the intersection with SH50A – down from 100kmh).

More minor changes to the Speed Limits By-law have been included, to match the detail in the bylaw with the existing on-road situation.

The roads team will be out erecting the new speed signs early on Wednesday morning.

Hastings District Council approved changes to the bylaw in June, after a five-week public consultation earlier this year. It attracted 785 submissions, with a majority in favour of the new speed limits.

The speed limit review was requested by residents. “This has been very much driven by people asking Council to focus on road safety; particularly speed,” said Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.

“Some of our routes are just not suitable for speeds higher than 80kmh due to roadside hazards. In other places development has meant an increase in traffic and therefore 50kmh is a far more realistic limit.”

27 July 2018

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