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Speed limit changes

Speed limit review

To improve safety in our city, we have changed the speed limits on a number of local roads and put in place variable speed limits near some schools.

As our city has grown, some of the higher speed limits are no longer appropriate with the higher density of housing, vehicle volumes and the mix of cyclists and pedestrians using the streets.

In October 2020 we asked the community about these proposed changes. We considered the feedback and in April 2021 the changes came into effect, as per the below table. As a result of public feedback, some of the changes differ slightly to what was proposed for these roads.

The changes are about improving safety, so that if an accident were to occur the chances of serious injury or death is reduced; and provide consistency with similar built up areas of the city.

New speed limits

Road What's changed
Ohauiti Road Some of the current 70km/h section has been reduced to 50km/h by extending the 50km/h speed limit from 75m south of Summerhaven Place to 100m south of Adler Drive.
Welcome Bay Road The current 60km/h speed limit sections of Welcome Bay Road have changed to 50km/h.
Kaitemako Road The current 70km/h speed limit has changed to 50km/h from opposite Waipuna Park to 300m south of Panorama Drive
A 80km/h limit is now in place between the new 50km/h zone and the Western Bay of Plenty boundary.
Pyes Pa Road The current 60km/h speed limit has changed to 50 km/h from Barkes Corner roundabout to 80m south of Kennedy Road.
Oropi Road The current 80km/h speed limit has changed to 60 km/h between SH29A roundabout and Wood Road.
Parton Road The current 70km/h section of Parton Road has changed to 50km/h from 200m south of Tara Road roundabout to east of Gordon Spratt Reserve. This will include the roundabout at Tara Road.
Tara Road A 60km/h limit has been implemented between Doncaster Drive and Parton Road to reflect the increased urban activity in that section. The existing 80km/h speed limit has been retained west of Doncaster Drive.
Domain Road No change as a result of public feedback. Remains 70km/h, to be reviewed at a future date.
Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road All sections of Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road that are currently 60km/h have been changed to 50km/h.
Totara Street No change, remains 60km/h pending further investigation and consultation.

40km/h variable speed limits for schools

We’re introducing 40km/h variable speed limits at five school. For a 30-45-minute period around school opening and closing times, when traffic and pedestrians peak around the school area.  They will revert to the regular speed limit outside of those specified times. 

School What's changed
Aquinas College, Pyes Pa 40km/h variable speed limit on Pyes Pa Road from 200m north of Joyce Road to 35M north of Freeburn Road.
Tauranga Intermediate School, Tauranga 40km/h variable speed limit on Fraser Street from 100m north of Brook Street to Seventeenth Avenue; Eighteenth Avenue from Fraser Street to Grace Road; and Grace Road from Eighteenth Avenue to Kaka Street.
Matua Primary School, Matua 40km/h variable speed limit on Levers Road from 25m south-west of Sylvania Drive to 30m east of Woods Avenue.
Golden Sands School, Papamoa 40km/h variable speed limit on Golden Sands Drive from 200m east of Kapuka Street to 20m south of Wairakei Avenue.
Taumata School, The Lakes 40km/h variable speed limit on Kennedy Road between the western end of Mortlake Heights and Flack Street; Mortlake Heights from 15m west of Audax Lane to Kennedy Road; and Te Ranga Memorial Drive from Kennedy Road to Turnbridge Street.

The new speed limit sign will be put in place over the coming months.
 
A new proposal to install a variable speed limit along Links Avenue was raised, with public consultation to follow. Keep an eye on our consultation page if you would like to provide feedback.
 
If you have any questions about speed limits please contact the Transport team on 07 577 7000 or email info@tauranga.govt.nz

Timeline

  • 2 November 2020
    Feedback opens Monday 2 November
  • 27 November 2020
    Feedback closes Friday 27 November
  • December 2020
    Feedback is collated
  • April 2021
    Recommendations to Council
  • April - June 2021
    Speed Limit changes come into effect     

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