Hastings District Council has made a number of changes to speed limits around the district to improve road safety.
The 72 new speed limits were confirmed by council at a meeting held on December 8 2020 with the changes coming into effect from March 1 2021.
The speed limits came under review because the community had asked Council to look at the limits on a number of roads during previous reviews in 2018 and 2019.
Other roads were also reviewed because they were in the top ten per cent for Deaths and Serious injury crashes, where reducing the speed was the most beneficial and practical means to improve safety.
In some cases there were proposals to raise speed limits, but the majority were requests to lower them.
77 SPEED LIMIT PROPOSALS REVIEWED
2,405 SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED
19,128 INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES
72 SPEED LIMITS TO CHANGE
Consultation was held over six weeks starting in August this year, with people asked to identify whether they lived on the roads or travelled through them.
In general, people submitting in favour of a proposed speed limit would submit only on the proposal that affected them, whereas submitters who were opposed tended to submit against all of the proposals.
As such, the feedback consultation was never intended to be a referendum, rather it was a way for council to balance the technical information and best practice guidelines alongside local knowledge.
The 72 new speed limits were confirmed by council at a meeting held on December 8 2020 with the changes coming into effect from March 1 2021. Click the map below to see where the speed changes are.
** RIAWS zone = Rural Intersection Advance Warning Signs (flashing signs that automatically change the speed limit)
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