School, speed zone changes approved

Richard Saunders
Richard Saunders
A shake-up of speed limits and school zones across some Dunedin streets has been signed off by the Dunedin City Council.

Councillors at Tuesday's full council meeting voted to approve amendments to the existing speed limits bylaw 2004.

The changes, agreed following public consultation, would result in speeds being reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh or 50kmh on sections of eight Dunedin streets.

Those were Three Mile Hill Rd, Dalziel Rd, Main South Rd, Main Rd, Gladstone Rd North, Puddle Alley, Friends Hill Rd and Brighton Rd.

In addition, the limit on Butts Rd, running past Logan Park High School, would be lowered from 50kmh to 40kmh along its entire length.

Changes were also coming for Henderson St, Paterson Rd, Crossan Tce and Magazine Rd, which would have their speed limits reduced from 70kmh to 50kmh along their entire lengths.

School speed zones were also being tweaked across Dunedin as a result of the shake-up, which would create seven new school speed zones and extend one.

Each school speed zone would have 40kmh ''variable speed limits'', which would be in place from 8am-9.30am and 2pm-4pm, to protect pedestrians and cyclists heading to and from school.

The new zones would cover Bayfield High School, Dunedin North Intermediate, Sacred Heart School, George Street Normal School, Fairfield School, East Taieri School and Waitati School.

The existing zone for Kaikorai Valley College would also be extended, while Logan Park High School would benefit from the new 40kmh permanent speed limit on Butts Rd.

The new and extended zones were in addition to those already in place for Carisbrook School, King's High School, Queen's High School and Wakari School.

In addition, a speed limit review was also proposed for Queens Dr, which cuts through the Town Belt, as the present speed limit of 50kmh was now considered ''inappropriate'', council transport group manager Richard Saunders confirmed yesterday.

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