Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is now considering feedback received from the public on speed limits along State Highway 35 through Tairāwhiti townships, following consultation on lower speed proposals late last year.
The Transport Agency formally consulted on lower speed proposals through townships, and informally engaged with the public to gather their thoughts about SH35 open road speeds between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs.
“We received 353 submissions about our township speed proposals and had around 150 people attend community drop-in sessions held between Te Araroa and Wainui Beach,” Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says.
“Our local East Coast team is carefully considering the feedback we have received about township and open road speeds, as well as our own safety and technical assessments, so that we can make the most informed decision possible.
“Changing speed limits is a legal process and there are numerous steps that we need to carefully follow once we have completed our analysis. We will update the community as soon as we are able to provide more information about timeframes and next steps.
“We would like to thank the Tairāwhiti public for taking the time to give us their feedback on the speed review.”
People can find out more about the speed review process at https://www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/our-vision-of-a-safe-road-system/safe-network-programme/speed-management/deciding-speed-limits/(external link).
The Transport Agency will return to the community to consult on any proposed changes with updates about the townships consultation and open road engagement later in the year with a proposal once a decision has been made.
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