Speed Management Plan
Speed management is about achieving safe and appropriate vehicle speeds on roads that reflect the road’s function, design, safety, and use.
We want everyone to be able to get home safely every time, and to feel comfortable choosing from a range of safe travel options.
As a Road Controlling Authority (RCA) Stratford District Council (SDC) must follow the Government’s Land Transport Rule - Setting of Speed limits 2022. The Rule encourages a network-wide approach to setting speed limits, and also requires Councils to reduce speed limits around schools.
Interim Speed Management Plan - School Zone Speeds
Our Interim Speed Management Plan, which focused on speed limits across our school zones, was endorsed by the Policy and Services Committee in July 2023.
In 2022, we asked for our school communities and people at properties within school zones to share their thoughts around speed limits outside their schools. Using their feedback, we finalised the proposed changes to these speed zones and consulted on these with the wider community.
Thank you to everyone was part of this process over the last 12 months. Once the Interim Speed Management Plan is certified by Waka Kotahi, the new speed limits will be rolled out. We aim to have this completed by the end of the calendar year.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is managing any changes to the speed outside schools that sit on state highways (Huiakama School, Taranaki Diocesan School, Marco School, Ngaere School, and Toko School).
Changes to school zone speeds 2023:
- Midhirst School – 30km/h
- Stratford Primary School – 30km/h
- Stratford High School – 30km/h
- St Joseph’s Primary School – 30km/h
- St Mary’s Diocesan School (Pembroke Road frontage only) – 30km/h
- Pembroke School – 60km/h
- Makahu School – 30km/h
- Marco School – 60km/h (Marco Road frontage only)
- Ngaere School – 60km/h (Cheal Road frontage only)