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.’’

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