The speed limit along a
notoriously dangerous stretch of road in Christchurch has
been reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h - but you wouldn't yet
know it from looking at the road signs.
The 350m section of Shands Rd from south-west of Trents Rd,
near Prebbleton to the Marshs Rd intersection in Hornby has
claimed two lives in the last five years. In that time it has
also been the scene of six serious and 30 minor injury
crashes. Traffic along the road has increased 35 percent
since the opening of the Southern Motorway late last year.
As a result the speed limit along the road, along with
several connecting roads was supposed to be reduced from last
Tuesday but as late as yesterday The Star found that no
changes had been made to signage, with 100km/h still the
posted speed limit.
Selwyn District Council asset manager transportation Andrew
Mazey said the changes would not come into effect until new
signs were put up. This was despite councillors having last
month approved bylaw changes which stated that the new speed
limit would be in effect from October 1.
Mr Mazey said that the new signage would be in place within a
"It takes some time for the signs to be created and
installed. The signage is a new design and includes the speed
limit and the words 'high crash area' to warn motorists to
"We are coordinating the speed limit changes with the police,
who will only begin enforcement of the speed limits once the
signage is in place."
Temporary signage had not been used because it was "for short
term events like road works or flooding and is not designed
to inform motorists of permanent speed limit changes," Mr
He did not see the possibility of some drivers adhering to
the 80km/h limit and others observing the 100km/h limit in
the mean time as a safety issue.
"Some types of vehicles are already required to travel at
less than 100km/h, such as vehicles towing trailers and
Police have supported the speed limit reduction.
"About half of Canterbury's crashes every year are at
intersections and predominantly involve drivers approaching
intersections too fast," Canterbury road policing manager
Inspector Al Stewart said. "This reduction in speed will
increase the safety of all road users in the area."
Intersection upgrades along Shands Road were undertaken by
both the Selwyn District and Christchurch City councils in
2003 and 2004. Further major roading and intersection
improvements are planned as part of stage two of the
Christchurch Southern Motorway project. Construction of stage
two of the project is expected to start in 2015/16 by the New
Zealand Transport Agency.
- By Tom Doudney of the