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SH88 Port Chalmers speed consultation

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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency would like your input into its proposal to set a permanent new speed limit on SH88 through Port Chalmers.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Project updates

SH88 Port Chalmers 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

We’ve talked to the Port Chalmers community, Dunedin City Council, local businesses, the West Harbour Community Board and local schools. They’ve said to us that the current 50km/h speed limit on this section of highway feels too high to be safe. We’ve reviewed the speed that people are currently driving at on the highway and found that 40km/h on SH88 through Port Chalmers is a safe and appropriate speed for this route. A lower limit is needed because of the high number of heavy vehicles using this section of highway and the large number of pedestrians in the town during the October to April cruise ship season. A hill at the mid-point of the route also limits driver visibility, while elderly people find it challenging crossing this wide and busy highway.

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
SH88 Port Chalmers township 50km/h 40km/h
Introduce a new lower speed limit on a 600m section of SH88 on George Street in Port Chalmers between Wickcliffe Terrace and Beach Street.

SH88 Port Chalmers speed review map

How speed reviews work

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