Motorists whizzing past police station
Speed counts along Queen St in Richmond indicate motorists are more likely to hoon past the police station than the library.
However, it’s likely the findings reflect changes in the road layout rather than drivers thumbing their noses at the law.
Speed counts on Queen St from January 15 to 21 revealed the median speed near the library was 22kmh while it was 30.6kmh outside the police station.
The speed limit for both spots, along with the entire CBD section of Queen St, from Gladstone Rd to Salisbury Rd, is 30kmh. It was reduced from 50kmh in August last year.
Those counts in January also revealed that 56.2 per cent of vehicles exceeded the 30kmh speed limit outside the police station compared with 11.4 per cent near the library.
The Tasman District Council counts were taken to review how effective the speed-limit change and a partially completed new road layout had been at slowing traffic.
One count site, near the library, was in a section of the street with the new, narrower road layout while the other site, outside the police station, was in an area yet to be changed.
A staff report says the result of the counts show the new layout, as part of a partially finished upgrade of Queen St, had been ‘‘very effective at slowing traffic with a very high level of compliance with the 30kmh speed limit’’. ‘‘This is a good outcome.’’ Tasman District Council engineering services manger Richard Kirby yesterday told councillors that the natural speeds in the new environment were a lot lower than in the section of the street that was still to be upgraded.
‘‘As you’ll recall, before Christmas we set a new speed limit for Queen St and although the signs are there.
‘‘With all the other activity going on, they probably don’t notice but the natural environment means people are largely sticking to the speed limit anyway.’’
The 30kmh speed limit applies to the commercial section of Queen St as well as the entire length of Sundial Square.
Meanwhile, council programme delivery manager Russell McGuigan said the restart of the Queen St upgrade on February 7, after the planned summer break, got off to a ‘‘flying start’’.
‘‘It is going very well,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s all on track for now.
‘‘We’re confident we’re going to get to the end of it by the end of May.’’