Electronic speed sign trial on hold across city

An electronic road sign of Cashmere Rd. Photo: Geoff Sloan
An electronic road sign of Cashmere Rd. Photo: Geoff Sloan
The trial programme to install electronic signs across Christchurch that tell motorists how fast they’re going has been put on hold.

The speed indicator signs aim to remind drivers to slow down if they are going too fast by showing the passing vehicle's speed. There are eight devices installed in different locations across Christchurch.

 

They are located on Kirk Rd, Templeton, Rothesay Rd, Parklands, Main Rd, Governors Bay, Cashmere Rd, outside The Princess Margaret Hospital, Dyers Pass Rd, near the bottom of the hill, Gardiners Rd, Harewood, Sawyers Arms Rd, Bishopdale, and Orchard Rd, at the Wairakei Rd intersection.

Christchurch City Council transport operations manager Steffan Thomas said the current devices will stay where they are but no more will be installed as part of the trial until it is reviewed.

A trial programme to install electronic Speed Indicator Devices across the city like this one on...
A trial programme to install electronic Speed Indicator Devices across the city like this one on Cashmere Rd has been put on hold. Photo: Geoff Sloan
No time frame has been given for when the review will happen. He said this is because it has been decided the devices will have the most safety benefits where they are currently.

 

Each device costs about $25,000 to purchase and install and the cost to move them to different locations is about $5000.

Speed indicator signs may still be installed in special cases if they are seen as necessary for road safety developments.

“Speed indicator devices remain an effective safety solution and other devices may be installed on a case-by-case basis in association with other improvement projects,” said Thomas.

He said in spite of the installation of the devices being on hold, the city council will be completing “a number of major capital projects” aimed at improving road safety this financial year.

“This includes, but not limited to, speed limit reviews, safety barriers and pedestrian/cycle improvements on Dyers Pass Rd, intersection improvements at Lower Styx Rd/Marshland Rd, and a number of improvements downstream of the Christchurch Northern Corridor,” he said.

Locations of speed indicator devices in Christchurch:

  • Kirk Rd, Templeton
  • Rothesay Rd, Parklands
  • Main Rd, Governors Bay
  • Cashmere Rd, outside The Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Dyers Pass Rd, near the bottom of the hill
  • Gardiners Rd, near the speed limit change
  • Sawyers Arms Rd, near the speed limit change
  • Orchard Rd, at Wairakei Rd intersection

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