Plan to reduce speed limits across Banks Peninsula

Photo: Newsline
Photo: Newsline
Details around a plan to lower speed limits on Banks Peninsula have been released for public feedback.

The draft plan includes proposed 40km/h speed limits for sections of the two main townships –  Akaroa and Lyttelton – and Cass Bay.

A 40km/h limit in Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbour, and significantly lower speeds – from 100km/h to 60km/h – along many winding rural roads, have also been proposed.

Christchurch City Council head of transport Richard Osborne said by lowering the speed limits across areas of Banks Peninsula “we can create safer roads for all users”.

“Speed dictates both crash probability and severity," Osborne said.

“The higher a vehicle’s speed, the greater the risk of a crash and the bigger the consequences on impact.

“Whether drivers and passengers can walk away – or are carried away – from a crash largely comes down to how fast their vehicle has been travelling.

“Banks Peninsula has a complex network of winding roads and steep inclines, adding an extra hazard layer for motorists.

The Lyttelton, Corsair Bay and Cass Bay speed review area. Image: Newsline
The Lyttelton, Corsair Bay and Cass Bay speed review area. Image: Newsline
“These roads can be challenging for even the most experienced drivers, along with those who take major risks to pass trucks, caravans or cars pulling trailers.

“By cutting speed limits, we can make major safety gains, including in Akaroa and Lyttelton, which are attracting more holidaymakers and day-trippers.

“Accident figures show that there are significant benefits from reducing speed limits from 50km/h to 40km/h in townships.”

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will be seeking input from the community soon on highway speeds from Christchurch to Akaroa – from the intersection of Blenheim Rd and State Highway 73 (at the Curletts Rd overbridge) to the entrance of Akaroa township.

“We need to match the correct speed to the section of road across the whole area,” Osborne said.

The Akaroa speed review area. Image: Newsline
The Akaroa speed review area. Image: Newsline
“We propose to correct the speed limits on Banks Peninsula to ensure that they are most appropriate to the varying sections, taking into account the ‘difficulty’ of the often winding rural roads with steep gradients.

“Road network safety remains a major focus for the council and targeted, lower speed limits underpin our commitment to those all-important continuous improvements.”

Among the proposed changes are lower speed limits – from 100km/h to 60km/h – for the Purau to Port Levy route and parts of Pigeon Bay, Puaha Valley, Little River, Okuiti Valley, the Southern Bays and Birdlings Flat.

Give your feedback on the proposed changes here, with the deadline for submissions being Thursday, February 25.

If approved, the speed limit changes are expected to be in place by the middle of this year.

AreaCurrent speedProposed speed
Lyttelton Township including Naval Point and Corsair Bay50 km/h40 km/h
Governors Bay Road 60 metres north of Park Terrace50 km/h40 km/h
Cass Bay
Bayview Place50 km/h40 km/h
Cass Bay Place50 km/h40 km/h
Harbour View Terrace 50 km/h40 km/h
Kaikomako Place50 km/h40 km/h
Mariners Cove50 km/h40 km/h
Charteris Bay
Marine Drive (extension of 50 km/h area)60 km/h50 km/h
Diamond Harbour
Waipapa Avenue (Marine Drive intersection to Wharf)50 km/h40 km/h
Purau/Port Levy route
Fernlea Point Road100 km/h60 km/h
Fields Road100 km/h60 km/h
Old Port Levy Road100 km/h60 km/h
Pa Road100/50 km/h40 km/h
Pa Road100 km/h60 km/h
Puari Road50 km/h40 km/h
Purau- Port Levy Road100 km/h60 km/h
Putiki Road100 km/h40 km/h
Richfield Road100 km/h60 km/h
Wharf Road100 km/h60 km/h
Port Levy/Pigeon Bay route, Pigeon Bay
Double Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Frasers Road100 km/h60 km/h
Holmes Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Holmes Bay Road (existing 50km/h speed limit section)50 km/h40 km/h
Holmes Bay Valley Road100 km/h60 km/h
Little Pigeon Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Pigeon Bay Road (existing 50 km/h speed limit section)50 km/h40 km/h
Port Levy-Pigeon Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Starvation Gully Road100/50 km/h40 km/h
Wharf Road50 km/h40 km/h
Kukupa Place100 km/h40 km/h
Middle Road (Lower section at Kukupa)100 km/h40 km/h
Pettigrews Road (Lower section at Kukupa) 100 km/h40 km/h
Puaha Valley
Duddons Track100 km/h60 km/h
Harmans Track100 km/h60 km/h
Pattens Road100 km/h60 km/h
Puaha Road100 km/h60 km/h
Whites Road100 km/h60 km/h
Little River, Western Valley and Okuiti Valley
Batchelors Road100 km/h60 km/h
Breitmeyers Road100 km/h60 km/h
Kinloch Road (Wairewa Pa Road to Okuiti Valley Road)100 km/h60 km/h
Lewthwaites Road100 km/h60 km/h
Montgomerys Road100 km/h60 km/h
Okuti Valley Road100 km/h60 km/h
Reserve Road100 km/h60 km/h
Reynolds Valley Road100 km/h60 km/h
Usshers Road100 km/h60 km/h
Wairewa Pa Road (Kinloch Road to SH75 northern intersection)100 km/h40 km/h
Wairewa Pa Road (SH75 southern intersection to Kinloch Road)100 km/h60 km/h
Western Valley Road (existing 100 km/h speed limit section)100 km/h60 km/h
Southern Bays
Bossu Road (existing 100 km/h speed limit section)100 km/h60 km/h
Burrells Road100 km/h60 km/h
Gap Road100 km/h60 km/h
Harrisons Road100 km/h60 km/h
Island Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Jubilee Road (existing 100 km/h speed limit section)100 km/h60 km/h
Kinloch Road (Okuiti Valley Road to Bossu Road)100 km/h60 km/h
Lands End Road100 km/h60 km/h
Maginness Road100 km/h60 km/h
Magnet Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Peraki Road100 km/h60 km/h
Reids Hill Road100 km/h60 km/h
Robin Hood Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Te Oka Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Wrights Road100 km/h60 km/h
Akaroa Township50 km/h40 km/h
Flea Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Lighthouse Road 100 km/h60 km/h
Stony Bay Road100 km/h60 km/h
Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit  
Bayleys Road100 km/h60 km/h
Beach Street50 km/h40 km/h
Clifton Street50 km/h40 km/h 
Forest View Road 50 km/h 40 km/h  
Jones Road  100 km/h60 km/h
Lake Terrace Road50 km/h40 km/h
Poranui Beach Road (existing 50 km/h speed limit section)50 km/h40 km/h
Poranui Beach Road (SH75- existing speed limit change point)100 km/h60 km/h








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