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Unwanted speed changes dishearten residents

Sep 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

A LOWER speed limit for road users heading to Owhiro Bay shows up a council that doesn’t listen, says Owhiro Bay businesswoman Anna Lord.

Wellington City Council will next week change the Ohiro Road speed limit from 70kph to 50kph throughout.

It’s an issue that “has ‘blown under the radar’ but it affects us all,” Ms Lord says.

She estimates when the stretch of road that is 70kph is changed to 50kph it will double the journey time to 20 minutes.

Owhiro Bay residents are disheartened about not being listened to by the council, according to Ms Lord, who adds: “The speed changes started off as a rumour, about 10 people in the area got leaflets and that was it.”

Transport planner Stuart Bullen says residents in both areas had a three-week consultation on the proposal.

Thirty-seven submissions were received from the Happy Valley and Owhiro Bay area, with a slight majority opposing a change.

The road has had 17 reported crashes, four resulting in injuries, in the past six years.

The road is a faster route into the city centre from Island Bay and Owhiro Bay and is frequently used by trucks to access the Southern Landfill.

Truck driver Tracey Mawson is not impressed by the changes as it will slow drivers that use the road.

“Seventy kilometres is a good speed, especially when you are in a truck.

“It’s going to be a pain in the arse – it means you’ve got to up and down changing gears. It’s just going to suck.”

Owhiro Bay School principal Karen Hardie says she is happy about the speed changes.

“I think it will save the confusion with changing speeds down the valley from Brooklyn.”

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