Lower speed limit 'a brilliant idea'

HAMISH CARDWELL
Last updated 14:30 01/02/2013

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The speed limit should be lowered on a stretch of State Highway 6 near Pelorus Bridge, a section of New Renwick Rd and side roads off State Highway 63 in the Wairau Valley, a Marlborough District Council committee agreed yesterday.

The decision will go to a full council meeting on February 28 before public input is sought and a final decision made this year.

Councillor Jessica Bagge said the plan was "a brilliant idea".

Iwi representative Richard Hunter said Ngati Kuia believed

Marlborough Roads engineer Steve Murrin said the committee decision was the first stage of the process. The final call would be made by the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There have been two fatal crashes along the stretch of SH6 near Pelorus Bridge, resulting in three fatalities and two serious-injury casualties, in the past five years.

The committee agreed that the speed limit along a section of New Renwick Rd between Battys Rd and Fairbourne Dr should be lowered from 70kmh to 50kmh, and an 80kmh zone should be extended past the intersection with Fairbourne Dr to the Omaka Airfield.

A 40kmh speed limit will still apply outside Fairhall School at school opening and closing times.

The committee also approved a blanket 70kmh speed limit on all roads that intersect SH63 in Wairau Valley.

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- The Marlborough Express

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