When determining the proposed speed limit that we consulted on, we reviewed the speeds that people are currently driving at on this road. The average speed through Waihola with a 70km/h speed limit in place varied between 65–69km/h.
A speed limit of 50km/h was assessed to be the safe and appropriate speed for this road.
Other factors we considered in setting this limit were the increasing amounts of traffic especially large trucks using this road, and the town’s growing population that has seen more residential developments underway or planned.
We heard many residents must cross this busy highway to reach local businesses and recreational areas. We know that children and some elderly residents find the highway difficult to cross. Another factor we considered was highway access. Several locals talked to us about near misses involving drivers trying to access the highway from side roads and car parks.
Between 2009 and 2018 there were 10 crashes on this section of highway. One person was seriously injured. There are hazards such as more trucks driving through the town, and local school pupils and staff who have to cross the highway to use recreational facilities at nearby Lake Waihola.
The new permanent speed limits will have minimal impact on travel times. Over this 1km section of highway it will increase the travel time for drivers by approximately seven seconds.
Consultation and submissions
Public consultation closed at 5pm on Monday, 7 October 2019.
158 submissions were received during the consultation period from stakeholder organisations and the public.
Consultation summary report [PDF, 1.6 MB]
Consultation submissions [PDF, 2.3 MB]