Driving at 80kmh like being ‘a rock in a river’
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.
A stretch of the Northwestern Motorway now has a permanent speed limit of 80kmh.