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SH73 Yaldhurst area speed consultation

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Project introduction

Christchurch City Council and NZ Transport Agency sought public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits along State Highway 73 (SH73) and other local roads in the Yaldhurst area. A decision will be made soon.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Project updates

Yaldhurst area speed consultation guide
Public consultation, (PDF)
Yaldhurst area speed consultation submission form
Public consultation, (PDF)


Slowing down saves lives, with a strong link between speed and safety on our roads. We want to make Christchurch roads as safe as possible so we are reviewing speed limits across the city’s roading network where there are concerns they are not safe or appropriate.

Having speed limits set at the correct level for the conditions on specific roads is one of the most important ways we can help people get to where they need to go safely. Lowering the speed limit is one of the ways we can create safer roads for all users.

What we know

We’ve talked to the people in the community and local businesses about making the highway around Yaldhurst safer. We’ve heard that speeds on the section of road in this review feel too high to be safe. There has been a lot of development in the area, both commercial and residential, and more pedestrians, especially around the intersection of SH73 and Sir John MacKenzie Avenue.

In the last ten years (2009–2018) there were 56 crashes. As a result of these crashes, there was one fatality and five people were seriously injured.

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
East of Yaldhurst Village
80km/h 60km/h
Extend the existing 60km/h zone just east of Russley Road an additional 740m westwards so it ends 200m west of the signalised intersection at Sir John MacKenzie Avenue.
Yaldhurst Village
70km/h 60km/h
Reduce the existing 70km/h section to 60km/h in Yaldhurst Village and extend this 60km zone to 150m west of Hasketts Road.
West of Yaldhurst Village
100km/h 80km/h
Introduce a new 80km/h zone from 150m west of Hasketts Rd to 200m west of Old West Coast Rd.
SH73 Yaldhurst area map

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.