A pedestrian refuge island has been built, which along with speed limits changes, will improve safety for pedestrians wanting to cross SH73 on the eastern outskirts of West Melton

Speed limit changes

by Mike Isle

Selwyn District Council has approved a raft of speed limit changes across the district and a review of speed limits in all urban areas.

Changes to speed limits on 31 roads were approved by the council and will come into effect on August 1 2019.

The council also requested a review to consider reducing the speed limit to 40km/h in urban areas, particularly around schools. The review is to be completed by the end of the year.

The majority of the changes were to reduce the speed limit to 60km/h on sections of 25 roads, removing all 70km/h speed limits in the district.

Other changes see Ivey Road, and a section of Shands Road around Selwyn Road to Robinsons Road reduced to 80km/h. Tramway Road will become 50km/h from between High Street and West Coast Road. Devine Drive and Avonie Place will become 40km/h, along with Weedons Ross Road in the vicinity of Weedons School and Robinsons Road in the vicinity of Broadfield School.

A review of all the 50km/h urban speed limit areas to be carried out to determine 40km/h speed limits across broader residential catchments with urban schools included where appropriate by the end of December 2019.

A full list of changes is on the council’s website.