Speed limits reduced at three schools
Changes to road speed limits around three Matamata schools, to improve safety, will begin on July 3.
Matamata-Piako District Council has reduced speed limits around Firth Primary, Matamata Intermediate and Matamata Christian schools, for 40 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon.
Council also extended the 70km/h limits on the outskirts of Matamata at Hinuera Rd and Banks Rd for 20 metres and 30m respectively to improve sight lines and safety. The three schools were chosen for the variable speed limit following a review of all schools to identify safety priorities.
The schools will be issued with active school signs, which light up to alert drivers they are entering a 40km/h school zone, and have flashing lights during the high risk periods before and after school.
The changes are to introduce a 40 km/h variable speed zone on Smith St and Station Rd, encompassing the schools. It will extend the 70km/h speed limit on Banks Rd 30m beyond O’Sullivan Drive, to improve safety at the intersection and extend the existing 70km/h speed limit 20m further north on Hinuera Rd. This will allow the speed limit sign to be moved away from the corner, to reduce the potential for drivers being distracted.