Draft Speed Management Plan
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What's a Speed Management Plan?
As a Road Controlling Authority (RCA) Stratford District Council (SDC) must follow the Land Transport Rule; Setting of Speed Limits 2022. This rule requires all RCAs to develop a 10-year Speed Management Plan with a three-year implementation period. The Plan shows how we will reduce the number of serious deaths and injuries on our roads through the development of safe and appropriate speeds.
Over the last 12 months we focused on reducing the speed limits outside our schools/kura in the District. Changes to those areas have been approved and will be in place by the end of the calendar year. We are continuing to work with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on speed limits outside schools on State Highways.
Over the next three years we would like to focus on developing safe and appropriate speed limits in the Stratford CBD, Midhirst, Whangamomona and our rural roads.
Our reviewed Speed Management Plan alongside the plans from South Taranaki District Council and New Plymouth District Council, and the Taranaki Regional Council's (TRC) Better Travel Choices strategy will feed into creating the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) in 2024. This is prepared by TRC and is a strategic document that provides direction to land transport in the region and sets out how the region proposes to invest to achieve those transport objectives. The RLTP will be available for public consultation between January and March 2024 and once finalised will come into effect on 1 July 2024.
Why review speed limits?
Speed management is about achieving safe and appropriate vehicle speeds on our roads. There are a number of factors that go into setting safe speeds, including the number of people and travel modes using the road, the function and features of the road and its surrounding environment. All these things determine what a safe speed should be.
SDC is committed to reducing deaths and serious injury on our roads, as part of the Government's Road to Zero strategy. We want everyone to be able to get home safely every time, and to feel comfortable using different modes of travel in our district.
2024/25 - Stratford CBD
We propose to lower the speed limit on the following streets from 50km/h to 30km/h from 2024/25:
- Seyton Street (Miranda Street to Orlando Street)
- Fenton Street (Portia Street to Orlando Street)
- Portia Street (Fenton Street to Regan Street)
- Orlando Street (Fenton Street to Seyton Street)
Please note: We've updated the map as there was an error for Swansea Road and Flint Road East. The only proposed changes to Stratford urban streets, are the 30km/h for the CBD.
2025/26 - Midhirst and Whangamomona
We propose to lower the following speed limits in these areas from 2025/26:
- All Midhirst roads currently 50km/h are proposed to be reduced to 40km/h
- Whangamonona Road is proposed to be reduced to 40km/h
2026/27 - Rural Roads
- All rural roads currently 100km/h are proposed to be reduced to 80km/h from 2026/27.
- Manaia Road and Pembroke Road from the national park's gates to road end are proposed to be reduced to 60km/h from 2026/27.
How to have your say
Your feedback is valued, and we want to know your thoughts on the proposed speed limit changes in our draft Speed Management Plan for the Stratford District. You can have your say using any of the following options before 29 October 2023.
- Complete our online feedback form at the bottom of this page.
- Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download and print this document which includes a feedback form.
Have a question? Phone us on 06 765 6099.