Chalmers Community Board chairman Steve Walker is advocating for the temporary 30kmh speed restriction on a section of George St, Port Chalmers, to be made permanent in response to a groundswell of public support. Photo by Brenda Harwood.
There has been a groundswell of community support in Port
Chalmers for the lower speed limit in George St to be made
In November, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) approved
an application by the Chalmers Community Board, supported by
Dunedin City Council, to introduce a temporary speed
restriction of 30kmh in a 220m section of George St, near the
Port Otago wharves.
It was introduced for a test period, from December 21 to
February 28. Associated monitoring and driver behaviour
surveys were carried out by the council on behalf of the
At their recent meeting, community board members received a
letter from the Vision Port Chalmers group, urging the
permanent lowering of the speed limit. It was also advised
that the Port Environment Liaison Committee, which includes
representatives of Port Otago, ''was not opposed'' to the
possibility of a permanent speed reduction.
Board chairman Steve Walker said there had been a strong
groundswell of community support for making permanent the
At the first council annual plan roadshow in Port Chalmers
last week, the speed limit was the number one issue.
''It was a surprise to me, since the cycleway-walkway is
usually always the top issue for local people,'' Mr Walker
''People who spoke to me were very enthusiastic about getting
the 30km speed limit put in permanently,'' he said.
Vision Port Chalmers member Pete Cole, also a community board
member, told The Star that feedback from business owners and
local residents had been that the speed reduction test period
had been a resounding success.
Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema, who oversaw the
speed restriction test period, will report the survey results
to the Chalmers Community Board at its meeting on April 30.
The results will also go to the NZTA.
While not being able to be too specific, he told The
Star there had been good compliance from all road users.
The speed of heavy vehicle traffic in general was less than
Feedback from police had been that the speed restriction had
''worked well'', Mr Minnema said.
Mr Walker said the Chalmers Community Board was in the
process of planning its submission to the DCC's annual plan,
but would most likely include a request to reintroduce the
30kmh speed restriction on George St for the next cruise ship
season and possibly as a permanent fixture beyond that.