Speed limit down on three Porirua roads

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:52 06/11/2012

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A new speed limit for a section of Titahi Bay Rd is overdue and will serve to keep school students safer, says a Porirua city councillor.

The section of Titahi Bay Rd from Te Pene Ave to where it becomes Main Rd has been permanently reduced from 70kmh to 50kmh, effective immediately. Signs to warn motorists to reduce speed will go up this week or next.

Councillor Liz Kelly says feedback from the public advised 70kmh was excessive so close to Titahi Bay Intermediate and motorists did not always slow down to 50kmh when they reached Main Rd.

"I've had a number of phone calls and people have made their views very clear, that the speed limit is excessive.

"I relayed the message and as councillors we've made the change. What you have at the moment is drivers slamming on their brakes when they get to Kahutea St [which turns into the school] because of the pedestrian crossing or because it becomes 50kmh, so the speed reduction has to happen earlier."

Other stretches of Porirua roads that have seen new speed limits include Grays Rd - with the 60kmh now permanent - Paekakariki Hill Rd to the boundary with Kapiti Coast District Council (60kmh) and a section of Raiha St in Elsdon (50kmh).

Council's roading manager Geoff Marshall says the speed limit on Raiha St is to cater for the significant industrial development along the eastern side of the street.

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