Speed lim­its up for dis­cus­sion

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

Speed limit changes on Hamil­ton’s roads up for dis­cus­sion, and the public are be­ing en­cour­aged to have their say.

The stretch of Gor­don­ton Road be­tween Wairere Drive and Thomas Road has been fraught with crashes, and Hamil­ton City Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing low­er­ing the sec­tion’s speed limit from 80kmh to a con­stant 60kmh.

A vari­able 60kmh speed limit has been in place at the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween Gor­don­ton and Thomas roads since late 2017.

It is trig­gered when ve­hi­cles turn in or out of Thomas Rd.

‘‘The vari­able 60kmh speed limit we’ve had on Gor­don­ton Road has worked well in low­er­ing speed in this area, re­duced the sever­ity of in­jury to peo­ple in crashes, and has good com­mu­nity sup­port,’’ growth and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee chair Dave Macpher­son said.

‘‘En­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity, res­i­dents in the area, and key in­ter­ested par­ties has shown gen­eral sup­port for the pro­posed changes, and I en­cour­age peo­ple to share their views with us through this for­mal con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.’’

That pe­riod runs un­til July 5, with the public be­ing able to give feed­back on­line at hamil­ton.govt.nz/havey­our­say, as well as at coun­cil li­braries or the ground floor re­cep­tion of the coun­cil build­ing at Gar­den Place.

Coun­cil be­lieves that if the speed lim­its were changed, they would sup­port traf­fic lights on the cor­ner of Thomas Rd and Gor­don­ton Rd, which are planned for installation by the end of the year.

Ad­di­tional safety mea­sures are also planned to be in­stalled to work with the re­duced speed limit, in­clud­ing raised safety plat­forms, flush me­dian and street light­ing.

Go­ing for­ward, coun­cil also wants to dis­cuss a more cost­ef­fec­tive way to change speed lim­its in Hamil­ton.

Cur­rently, a by­law re­view process is re­quired.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil growth and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee chair Dave Macpher­son.

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