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Speed Limit Review FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions relating to the April 2018 Kāpiti Coast District Council, NZTA joint Speed Limit Review. If you have a question not answered here on our main page, please email us at speedlimits@kapiticoast.govt.nz.

Please note that our main page and the submission document also have detailed information on the rationale for the recommendations for change on each road that is part of Stage 1 of the review.

Does this review include the roads on the old SH1 from Poplar Avenue to Peka Peka?

No. That review is a separate NZTA project.

Stage 1 roads to be reviewed

Why is no change proposed for Peka Peka Road (which is currently 80 km/h)? There are parts of this road that are not safe at that speed and it should be lower.

The roads have been prioritised according to the level of safety concerns they present, whether they connect outside of Kapiti and whether there has been significant change to the road and/or its environment since the last speed limits were set.  The speed limit review used an area by area approach to ensure speed limits are consistent across an area. As a result 38 roads were identified for review, including Peka Peka Road. We then applied NZTA guidelines to determine the appropriate speed limit for each of these roads, and identified 36 roads where we propose a speed limit change. This did not include Peka Peka Road or Emerald Glen Road.

The existing 80 km/h speed limit was considered the appropriate speed limit given the strategic nature of the road and alignment.  However, we are aware of concerns about safety through the eastern section of Peka Peka Road from the Expressway interchange to Kensington Drive. There is currently a proposal to upgrade of the Peka Peka expressway to a full interchange, which would require some changes to the interchange and adjoining Peka Peka Road. If this project proceeds, the speed limit on Peka Peka Road and the interchange could be reviewed. 

Why is no change proposed for Emerald Glen Road?

With regard to Emerald Glen Road, the existing 60km/h speed limit was considered the appropriate speed limit, given the rural lifestyle development, road alignment.

Why are so many of the proposed changes as low as 60km/h? and not 70km/h?

The Setting of Speed Limits Rule (The Rule) has changed so that a 70km/h speed limit is no longer an option.

Some of the speed limits are to be dropped from 100 km/h to 60 km/h, this seems a big drop?

While this sounds a lot, our data shows the proposed speed limits generally reflect the average speed traffic travel over the length of road in question. Indeed on some on some roads the travel speeds are a lot lower than the proposed speed limit.

Stage 2 roads to be reviewed

A number of the roads prioritised to be reviewed will be considered in a second stage in 2019.

Map 6: Reikorangi, Waikanae: Why is Mangaone North Road not on the list as well as Mangaone South?

Mangaone North Road has been prioritised for a review but it will be included in the next stage of our speed limit review, which will start next year 2019.

Why is Paetawa Road not on the review list? It is a main road for Peka Peka residents to access the Waikanae Expressway to head south. It should be 80km/h like Peka Peka Road.

Paetawa Road is also on the stage 2 list for a review in 2019.

Why is Te Hapua Road not on the list? 80km/h is not ideal for a road used by many horses as well as cyclists.

Te Hapua Road is also on the stage 2 list for a review in 2019.

Why is Te Horo Beach Road from Pukenamu Road to the village not on the list? 80km/h is not ideal for a narrow road, used by heavy vehicles and farm machinery, with no footpaths.

Te Horo Beach Road is also on the stage 2 list for a review in 2019.

What other roads are on the Stage 2 list?

These include:

  • Greendale Drive
  • Ōtaki Gorge Road
  • Mangaone North Road

The full list can be found here : http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/speedlimits