70kmh limit too fast

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Mata­mata busi­ness owner John Mas­son has watched in hor­ror as moth­ers and their young chil­dren have crossed a sec­tion of State High­way 27 di­rectly out­side his busi­ness premises.

The num­ber of near misses he has wit­nessed on Wa­haroa Rd West has prompted Mr Mas­son and other res­i­dents in the area to write to Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil to ex­press their con­cerns.

Be­cause the sec­tion of road is part of State High­way 27 it is un­der the New Zealand Trans­port Agency’s ju­ris­dic­tion and the coun­cil does not have gov­er­nance over it, even though the area is res­i­den­tial.

The agency was given nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties by the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle to com­ment on this is­sue but did not do so be­fore this is­sue went to print.

Mr Mas­son said if the speed limit was not re­duced from 70kmh to 50kmh it was just a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one was se­ri­ously in­jured or killed on the sec­tion of road. ‘‘The fi­nal straw for me was when I saw a young kid trip over on a bro­ken piece of the road. Had there been a ve­hi­cle or truck com­ing, he would have been his­tory,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s hard to de­ter­mine what speeds some of these ve­hi­cles are go­ing.

‘‘They just creep up on you. I couldn’t live with my­self if some­thing hap­pened.’’

The road par­al­lel to Wa­haroa Rd West, Wa­haroa Rd East, which is where Mata­mata New World is lo­cated, has a 50kmh speed limit.

Mr Mas­son said the two roads are sep­a­rated only by a rail­way track and it was ridicu­lous that one road had a 50kmh speed limit and the other a 70kmh speed limit.

‘‘All this re­quires is mov­ing the signs. It isn’t go­ing to cost any­thing just a bit of man­ual labour.

‘‘I’ll even dig the holes and move the signs my­self,’’ Mr Mas­son said.

‘‘ You can’t put a cost on a per­son’s life. It would be dread­ful if some­one was killed and it could have been pre­vented.’’

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