DCC keen for major slowdown on roads

High risk . . . Dunedin City Council staff have identified Blackhead Rd as one of many Dunedin...
High risk . . . Dunedin City Council staff have identified Blackhead Rd as one of many Dunedin roads that requires a lower speed limit. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Speed limits could be lowered for a number of key roads in and around Dunedin.

The Dunedin City Council yesterday voted to go ahead with a consultation that would drop speed limits in central city roads in Dunedin’s city centre and Green Island from 50kmh to 30kmh; Otago Peninsula town centre roads from 50kmh to 40kmh; 15 ‘‘high-risk’’ rural roads from up to 100kmh down to 60kmh; and Scroggs Hill Rd from 100kmh to 80kmh.

Due to a procedural error during yesterday’s infrastructure services and networks committee, the consultation was approved without debate.

But after consultation the new permanent speed limits could come into effect on November 1.

Cr David Benson-Pope earlier argued successfully for inviting submissions for consideration of slower speeds in other streets, which would allow for the public to lobby for lower speed limits in streets council staff had missed during the current process.

Beyond lowering the speed limit in the city’s central business district and Green Island to 30kmh, Broad Bay, Company Bay, The Cove, Harwood, Macandrew Bay, and Portobello could drop to 40kmh, and Allanton, Blackhead, Brighton, Fairfield, Green Island, Halfway Bush, Highcliff, Mt Cargill, North Taieri, Ocean View, Otago Peninsula, Saddle Hill, Tomahawk, Waldronville and Westwood rural roads could drop to 60kmh.

New street names

Ten new Dunedin streets - three new public roads and seven private ways - were given names by the Dunedin City Council’s infrastructure services committee yesterday.

The streets include roads and ways in Dunedin, Mosgiel and Outram.

They are Trudi Pl, a new road off Brooklyn St, Green Island; Redwoods Lane, a private way off 14 Polwarth Rd, Dunedin; Benson Close, a private way off 135 Dukes Rd North, Mosgiel; Nursery Lane, a private way off Epsilon St, Dunedin; MacLeod Ave, a private way off 49 Dalziel Rd, Dunedin; Hawker Lane,  a private way off the proposed MacLeod Ave, Dunedin; Rodeo Pl, a new road off Formby St, Outram; Three Kings Court, a new road off Formby St, Outram; and Buckeye Grove, a private way off the proposed Three Kings Court, Outram.




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DCC is not content with just trying to takeover control of public transport from the ORC, now they want to takeover roading from the NZTA. Next they will want to takeover the policing of the roads. So if you see Mr. Hawkins by the side of the road with what appears to be his thumb out be careful it might just be a speed camera!
The only thing the council should to debating on right now is how to save money through efficiency improvements and the dropping or delaying of non essential work and services. And how to best support business and jobs most under threat from the current crisis.

The DCC seems determined to reverse Dunedin's recent resurgence from decades of decline.

First, organise the roads around the CBD so they flow well (including cycle access). Second, provide decent public transport (with covered walkways from bus stops to CBD etc). Third, provide parking near the CBD (especially near high use services and those services used by mobility impaired, such as hospital and library). And only then consider options for Gorge St.

I think it’s about time we renamed the DCC as well.
How does the Dunedin City Communist Council sound (D3C for short) ?
Or the Dunedin Unidirectional Non Council of Elitists (DUNCE) ?
Both work for me or NOT.

I think they'll have trouble enforcing 40 km/hr on the peninsula. People will respect a sensible speed limit but not one that is unnecessary and uncalled for by the residents. It might actually increase problems with dangerous overtaking due to frustration.

Totally agree. On what basis were these "suggested speeds" ratified?

Many millions has and is still being spent to make that road safer and now they want to reduce the speed limit.
If that’s how DUNCE operates, God help us with their other responses to the China Flu.

Where is the evidence to support the change? You can't keep hiding hiding behind "health and safety", otherwise we might as well all walk! Much safer. Keep out of it! Peninsula speed zones are adequate!

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