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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency wants to hear what think of its proposal to set a new permanent new speed limit on SH1 through Waihola.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Project updates

SH1 Waihola speed consultation factsheet
Public consultation, (PDF)

Speed review update – 31 January 2020

Formal consultation on this proposed speed limit review has now been completed.

To make the most informed decision we can, we are carefully considering the information we received through the submissions from the consultation. We are now in the final stages of analysing these submissions and technical safety data in order to provide the outcome for this speed review.

Changing speed limits is a legal process and there are numerous steps that we need to carefully follow once we have completed our analysis. When we have reached a decision on this speed review we will inform the community and publish further information on our website.

Speed review process

What we know

There’s strong community support for reducing the speed limit on SH1 through Waihola from the existing 70km/h to 50km/h, with this lower speed limit backed by the Clutha District Council. The local community and council are worried about the amount of traffic and vehicle speeds on a route used by large numbers of large trucks. Other concerns include the safety of elderly residents and school children crossing what is a wide and busy section of highway with a 70km/h speed limit.

Another issue is the increasing number of near-misses involving vehicles trying to access the highway from local road intersections or from parks on the side of the highway, with driver appearing to under estimate the speed of approaching highway traffic, especially big trucks.  Safety is compromised by the most of the town’s residential areas being located across the highway from local shops, cafes and postal agency. This means people living in these areas must cross the highway to access these facilities.

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
SH88 Waihola township 70km/h 50km/h
Reducing the speed limit on 1km of SH1 through Waihola between the existing north and south bound speed limit signs.

SH1 Waihola speed review map

How speed reviews work

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