Proposed Changes to Otamatea Speed Limits 2021

Submissions closed on May 14, 2021, 05:00 PM

Speed limit sign

Whanganui District Council is considering reducing the speed limits on Pickwick Road, Dickens Lane, Mannington Road and Kingston Way in Otamatea.

The speed limit changes under considerations are:

  • reducing the speed limits on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane from 100km/h to 50km/h
  • reducing the speed limits on Mannington Road and Kingston Way from 70km/h to 50km/h.

These changes would bring the speed limits on these roads in line with the recent changes to speed limits Great North Road (State Highway 3) by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

More information can be found in the Statement of Proposal.

Map of proposed speed limit changes

Options

A. Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane

Option 1 (preferred)

Reduce the maximum speed limit on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane from 100km/h to 50km/h.

Under this option the maximum speed limit would change from 100km/h to 50km/h from the intersection of Pickwick Road / State Highway 3 to the very end of Pickwick Road, and the full length of Dickens Lane.

 Advantages Disadvantages  
  • A 50km/h speed limit is consistent with the recommended safe and appropriate speed limits within the New Zealand Speed Management Guide
  • The operating speed on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane is lower than the 100km/h posted speed limit
  • Consistency with other roads in close proximity fronting onto Great North Road
  • A reduction to 50km/h was supported by 15 of 29 residents who provided feedback

A 50km/h speed limit will create a further change in the character of Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane and may lead to additional expectations relating to amenity and roading treatments of urban areas

Option 2

To reduce the maximum speed limit on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane from 100km/h to 60km/h.

Under this option the maximum speed limit would change from 100km/h to 60km/h from the intersection of Pickwick Road / State Highway 3 to the very end of Pickwick Road, and the full length of Dickens Lane.

 Advantages Disadvantages  
  • A 60km/h speed limit is consistent with the recommended safe and appropriate speed limits within the New Zealand Speed Management Guide
  • The operating speed on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane is lower than the 100km/h posted speed limit
  • A reduction in speed limit was generally supported by residents who provided feedback
  • Lack of consistency with other roads in close proximity fronting onto Great North Road
  • A 60km/h speed limit will create a further change in the character of Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane and may lead to additional expectations relating to amenity and roading treatments of urban areas

Option 3

Retain the existing open road classification (100km/h).

This option would retain the existing maximum speed limit of 100km/h on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane.

 Advantages Disadvantages 

Residents and users know the existing speed limits

  • The current 100km/h speed limit is inconsistent with the recommended safe and appropriate speed limits within the New Zealand Speed Management Guide
  • The typical operating speed through the site on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane is lower than the 100km/h posted speed limit

B. Mannington Road and Kingston Way

Option 1 (preferred)

To reduce the maximum speed limit on Mannington Road and Kingston Way from 70km/h to 50km/h.

Under this option the maximum speed limit on Mannington Road and Kingston Way would change from 70km/h to 50km/h.

 Advantages Disadvantages  
  • A 50km/h speed limit is consistent with the recommended safe and appropriate speed limits within the New Zealand Speed Management Guide
  • The operating speed on Mannington Road and Kingston Way is lower than the 70km/h posted speed limit
  • Consistency with other roads in close proximity fronting onto Great North Road
  • A reduction to 50km/h is generally supported by residents who provided feedback

A 50km/h speed limit will create a further change in the character of Mannington Road and Kingston Way and may lead to additional expectations relating to amenity and roading treatments of urban areas

Option 2

 Retain the existing speed limit of 70km/h.

This option would retain the existing maximum speed limit of 70km/h on Mannington Road and Kingston Way.

 Advantages Disadvantages  

Residents and users know the existing speed limits

  • The current 70km/h speed limit is inconsistent with the recommended safe and appropriate speed limits within the New Zealand Speed Management Guide
  • The operating speed on Mannington Road and Kingston Way is lower than the 70km/h posted speed limit

The recent change in speed limits on Great North Road (SH3) by NZTA (from open road speed limit to 80km/h north of Tirimoana Place and from from 70km/h to 50 km/h south of Tirimoana Place) has highlighted the current 100km/h open road speed limit on Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane. Council has reviewed the speed limits and considers that lowering the permanent speed limit on these four local roads to 50 km/h would provide a speed limit that is safer and more appropriate for the local road environment of the area.

Pre-consultation with residents

As part of pre-consultation residents in the affected streets were sent letters inviting theme to provide feedback on the proposed reduction in speed limit.

Pickwick Road and Dickens Lane

All but one respondent (31) supported a reduction in speed limits with 16 seeking a maximum speed limit of 50km/h and three sought a speed limit of 40km/h. Reasons for seeking the reduction included safety, the narrow and winding nature of roads and inability of cars to safely pass at the current speed limit.

Mannington Road and Kingston Way

Nineteen residents supported the reduction in speed limit to 50km/h while six opposed the change. Of those that opposed two sought a speed limit of 60km/h and one sought a speed limit of 40km/h. Reasons for supporting the reduction included consistency, safety and the character of the roads as residential streets. Of those that wished to retain a higher speed limit, a number commented that the existing speed limit was appropriate with no accidents.