New Zealand opens consultation on 110 km/h speed limit proposal
The NZ Transport Agency is inviting people to have their say on a proposal to introduce 110 km/h speed limits on the tolled section of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (SH2) and on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway (SH1).
Over the coming month, the Transport Agency will engage with stakeholders, road users and the local community on the proposed new 110km/h limit.
“It’s important that people have the opportunity to provide feedback, and all of the input we get from stakeholders, road users and the community will be considered before a final decision is made.” Mr Wilson says these two roads have been selected first because they are some of the best in New Zealand. “The speed limit will only be increased to 110km/h on roads which can support higher travel speeds without compromising safety. Both the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway have been designed and will be maintained and operated to the necessary standards to safely support 110km/h travel speeds,” Mr Wilson says.
Submissions can be made via the Transport Agency website, email, or through post. Submissions close 5pm Wednesday 26 October 2017.
If implemented, the new speed limit will be in operation on the tolled section of the Tauranga Eastern Link and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway before the end of 2017.
Any additional roads being considered for the 110km/h speed limit will also require consultation with local stakeholders, road users and the community.
Other roads that will be considered in the future include the additional sections of the Waikato Expressway (SH1), the Upper Harbour Highway (SH18) in Auckland and Kapiti Expressway (SH1) near Wellington.