15 October

Masterton District Council has begun installing new road speed signs, the final step in confirming the speed changes made following the speed limit review earlier this year.

New 30km/h signs are being installed around Masterton’s town centre this week, with other updated speeds sign-posted around the district in the next month.  Once speeds have been sign-posted they take immediate effect.

Chair of the council’s Town Centre Reference Group Cr Bex Johnson said reducing the speed on the northern part of Queen Street and surrounding streets to 30km/h was a good fit with the town centre revamp project.

“This reflects the speed that traffic is actually travelling in the town centre, and it emphasises that roads in this area are used by pedestrians as well as motorists. Speed is a major factor in the seriousness of injuries, if pedestrians are involved in crashes, and council research indicates the change will make little difference to travel times.”

The council received 137 submissions from the community as part of the speed limit review, with a range of speed reductions in the district subsequently agreed by the council.

“In other parts of Masterton and the wider district, motorists will see new variable speed signs outside some schools, with permanent speed reductions around some schools, including Douglas Park, MIS, Fernridge, and Whareama.

“And speeds in our coastal communities are also being reduced to 30km/h, to reflect the use of these roads,” Cr Johnson said.

The urban boundaries for Riversdale and Castlepoint have also been extended slightly following the review.

Motorists will also see changes on the Masterton Castlepoint Road and Te Ore Ore Road, and in the Upper Plain area.

“The primary focus of the speed limit review was to make our roads safer, and in many cases the new limits reflect what our community have told us is appropriate.

“Now’s the time for motorists to pay special attention to their speeds – it may be that the limits on their regular routes have changed.”

The table below sets out roads affected by speed limit changes. For a full legal description consult the by-law.

 

Road New Speed Limit (km/h)
Masterton town centre
Queen Street (northern shopping area)

30

Bruce Street 30
King Street 30
King Street service lane 30
Park Street 30
Lincoln Road 30
Church Street 30
Church Street service lane 30
Perry Street 30
Cricket Street 30
Bannister Street 30
Jackson Street 30
Queen Street (Kuripuni) 30
First Street 30
Solway
South Road extension 60
Upper Plain
Tararua Drive

Upper Plain Road to road end

80
Evans Road 80
Skeets Road 80
Westbush Road – 2.5km to road end 80
Totara Park Drive 80
Upper Waingawa Road unsealed section 60
Upper Manaia Road 80
Chamberlain Road – extending 50km/h 480m from Upper Plain Road 50
Lansdowne
Ardsley Lane 50
Manuka Street 50
Milford Downs 50
Schools
Fernridge School Variable 40
Solway School Variable 40
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa, WairarapaTeen Parent Unit, Makoura College Variable 40
Masterton Primary School Variable 40
Lakeview School Variable 40
Whareama School 60
Masterton Intermediate School 40
Douglas Park School 40
Coastal settlements
All settlement roads within the Riverdale urban traffic area including Riversdale Terraces 30
Riversdale Road 30
All settlement roads

within Castlepoint urban traffic area

30
Masterton Castlepoint  Road 50
Masterton Castlepoint  Road through Tauweru 80
Tauweru township sideroads 50
Te Ore Ore Road to just past intersection of Te Ore Ore Road-Bideford Road 60