70kmh limit too fast
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.’’