Halcombe township speed limit reduced to 50kmh

Halcombe Rd in Feilding is to be made safer as part of a raft of speed limit changes approved by the Manawatu District Council.

Residents of Halcombe Rd, a stretch that has claimed several lives in the past decade, held concerns about the speed limits, especially through the S-bend on the Feilding side of Halcombe.

Temporary measures including a reduced recommended speed and extra signs were put in place earlier this year.

At a meeting in Feilding yesterday, the council backed a new speed limit of 50kmh through the Halcombe township instead of the current 70kmh, while extending a 70kmh limit on the way out of Feilding. Council roading manager Wayne Keightley said the changes reflected the increasing population in the affected areas, which have been surveyed and consulted on throughout the year.

Mr Keightley said the new limits were expected to come into effect in February.

About 2000 to 2500 cars travel along Halcombe Rd each day and, while it has increased in the last decade, it is not out of line with general growth in the region.

Improvements such as shoulder-widening, curve alignment and intersection improvements are due to be completed in the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, a 50kmh speed limit for the Mt Taylor subdivision, which is off Halcombe Rd, will also be put in place as further housing goes up there.

Manawatu Standard