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A new speed limit of 110km/h for some New Zealand expressways has been announced

Publish Date
Thursday, 24 August 2017, 10:59AM
 Photo / Doug Sherring

Photo / Doug Sherring

Motorists will now be able to travel up to 110km/h per hour on some of New Zealand's key expressways.

Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe said faster speed limits would initially be rolled out to the Tauranga Eastern Link, and parts of the Waikato Expressway.

Other roads currently under construction, such as the Kapiti Expressway and the southern section of the Christchurch Motorway would be considered in future.

The new speed limit would be in effect on roads that met the criteria by the end of the year.

Macindoe made the announcement today and said the Government was focused on making roads safer and cutting travel times.

"With our initial seven Roads of National Significance - with enhanced safety features - either complete or under construction, we can begin rolling out faster speed limits in certain areas," he said.

"This will allow New Zealanders to get to where they need to be faster."

The faster 110km/h speed limit would only apply to stretches of roads built to a standard where the higher speed limit was safe and appropriate, he said.

"This includes having at least two lanes in each direction, a median barrier, no significant curves and no direct access to neighbouring properties.

"Our new Roads of National Significance are our safest roads - with no fatalities to date. This change strikes the right balance between ensuring the safety of road users and faster travel times for our motorists and freight."

 

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.