Driv­ing at 80kmh like be­ing ‘a rock in a river’

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY AND DANIELLE CLENT

Ad­her­ing to a new 80kmh speed limit on the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way is like ’’be­ing a rock in a river’’ for driv­ers who obey the re­stric­tion, a mo­torist says.

The once tem­po­rary 80kmh limit has now been made per­ma­nent be­tween Rose­bank Rd and Spaghetti Junc­tion to ‘‘re­duce con­fu­sion for driv­ers’’ and en­sure safety, NZ Trans­port Agency’s Brett Glid­don said in a press re­lease.

The new limit would also ap­ply through the yet-to-open Water­view Tun­nel all the way to the Do­min­ion Rd in­ter­change on the South­west­ern Mo­tor­way.

A drive down the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way shows some mo­torists aren’t keep­ing to the speed limit. We drove the eight kilo­me­tre stretch of mo­tor­way on April 10, at 80kmh.

Many mo­torists, in­clud­ing a bus, mo­tored past our ve­hi­cle as we strictly obeyed the speed limit.

Ranui res­i­dent Roger Evans said driv­ing at 80kmh on the mo­tor­way felt like ‘‘be­ing a rock in a river’’ as oth­ers sped past at 100kmh.

Speed cam­eras would be in­stalled in the tun­nel, the NZ Trans­port Agency’s me­dia man­ager Sarah Azam said.

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A stretch of the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way now has a per­ma­nent speed limit of 80kmh.

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