The NZ Transport Agency is aware the Tekapo and Burkes Pass communities have for some time been calling for changes in speed limits in their townships.
Situated midway along the popular tourist route Christchurch to Queenstown, Tekapo is a town that is growing and becoming a destination in its own right. More housing, commercial and tourist developments have been constructed in recent years and more are anticipated. Burkes Pass, a smaller town on the eastern side of Tekapo, is also experiencing more traffic and more visitors.
As a result of the increase in the size of Tekapo and the visitor numbers in the area, the residents of both Tekapo and also Burkes Pass have become increasingly concerned about safety along State Highway 8 which goes through both towns.
What we know
Tekapo is experiencing rapid growth with further housing and business development underway and planned. The NZ Transport Agency is aware the Tekapo and Burkes Pass communities have been calling for changes in speed limits in their townships as a result of the increase in traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.
In the ten-year period between 2009 and 2018, there were 19 crashes on SH8 in Tekapo. Two people were seriously injured as a result, and four incurred minor injuries. There have been two crashes in Burkes Pass, one resulting in a minor injury.
Current SH8 Tekapo speed limits as at August 2019