Banks Peninsula speed limits to be reduced next week

The new speed limits come into effect next Thursday. Photo: Newsline / CCC
The new speed limits come into effect next Thursday. Photo: Newsline / CCC
The speed limits along many of Banks Peninsula’s steep and winding roads will be lowered next week.  

The new limits will come into effect on Thursday, October 22.

Changes include lowering the Akaroa town centre speed limit to 40km/h. This will impact a majority of roads within the township.

Other speed limit changes from October 22 are:

  • Purau-Port Levy Rd reduced from 100km/h to 60km/h and 40km/h in the Port Levy settlement.
  • Port Levy-Pigeon Bay Rd reduced from 100km/h to 60km/h with speeds of 60km/h or 40km/h within Pigeon Bay.
  • Kukupa, near Pigeon Bay, will have a speed reduction from 100km/h to 40km/h.
  • Birdlings Flat, Kaitorete Spit, Little River and Okuti Valley will have speed limits of either 60km/h or 40km/h depending on the specific road.
  • The Western Valley route, Puaha Valley and Southern Bays roads will reduce from 100km/h to 60km/h.
  • In Charteris Bay a 600m section of Marine Drive lowered from 60km/h to 50km/h.
  • In Diamond Harbour a section of Waipapa Avenue will be lowered to 30km/h.

Next year a 40km/h speed limit will be introduced on all streets in Lyttelton, except Norwich Quay/Gladstone Quay, which is part of State Highway 74 and managed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

"Banks Peninsula has a complex network of winding roads and steep inclines which can be challenging," said Christchurch City Council transport operations manager Steffan Thomas.

"Following consultation with the public earlier this year, we are dropping the speed limit on these roads from 100km/h to 60km/h to make it safer for everyone.

“Akaroa is attracting increasing numbers of daytrippers and holidaymakers so we want to keep vehicle speeds down for safety reasons," Thomas said.









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