Rangiora Woodend Road Speed Limit Proposals

Recently the Council asked the community whether it was time for speed limits to be changed on Rangiora Woodend Road and surrounding roads.

A total of 230 surveys were returned, and over half of respondents indicated a desire to reduce speed limits on all of the roads.

Feedback has been considered along with other factors, and new speed limits are now being proposed.  We want to hear what you think.

To re-cap, the roads under review are:

  • Rangiora Woodend Road between the existing 80km/h sign west of Smarts Road to the 70km/h sign at Chinnerys Road – current speed limit 100km/h
  • Rangiora Woodend Road from Chinnerys Road to School Road – current speed limit 70km/h
  • Gressons Road  - current speed limit 100km/h
  • Boys Road from the railway line to Rangiora Woodend Road– current speed limit 100km/h
  • Northbrook Road east of Goodwin Street to Boys Road – current speed limit 100km/h

The review of speed limits was prompted by the addition of the Rangiora Woodend Path and increased traffic volume following changing land uses in the district. Construction of the next stage of the Ravenswood development is programmed for the 2018/19 construction season.  This stage will include a new roundabout  on Rangiora Woodend Road, approximately 400m from Chinnerys Road, and  houses fronting on to Rangiora Woodend Road between the roundabout and Chinnerys Road.  Once it’s complete, the Ravenswood development will result in a significant increase in traffic on Rangiora Woodend Road.

It’s therefore an appropriate time to review speed limits on Rangiora Woodend Road. Other roads were included in the review to maintain consistent speed limits in this area.

The factors considered when reviewing speed limits include:

  • Feedback from the community
  • Guidance from the NZ Transport Agency 2017 Speed Limit Setting rule
  • The 2016 Speed Management Guide
  • The nature of the roads – including development alongside the road, roadside hazards such as power poles, ditches, vehicle entrances and shared path location

The 2017 Speed Limit Setting rule recommends that, once a new speed limit is in place, the average speed  of vehicles on the road is  no more than 10% higher than the new speed limit .  Surveys carried out on all roads being considered indicate that current speeds meet this threshold, except for Gressons Road and the section of Rangiora Woodend Road between the proposed Ravenswood Roundabout and School Road.

The graphic below outlines the process when the Council reviews speed limits and other factors that are considered.

The Council is proposing new speed limits for the six areas outlined in the table below:

CurrentProposed
Rangiora Woodend Road from end of existing 80km/h west of Smarts Road to proposed Ravenswood roundabout 100 km/h 80 km/h
 Rangiora Woodend Road from proposed Ravenswood roundabout to start of existing 70km/h west of Chinnerys Road 100 km/h 60 km/h
Rangiora Woodend Road from start of existing 70km/h west of Chinnerys Road to start of 50km/h north of School Road  70 km/h 60 km/h
Gressons Road 100 km/h 80 km/h
 Boys Road from Rangiora Woodend Road to existing 50km/h at railway line 100 km/h 80 km/h
Northbrook Road from Boys Road to existing 50km/h east of Goodwin Street  100 km/h 80 km/h

Below is a map showing the proposed changes

The assessment for each road being considered is summarised below.

Rangiora Woodend Road - from end of existing 80km/h east of Smarts Road to proposed Ravenswood roundabout – proposed new speed limit of 80km/h

  • The safe and appropriate speed was assessed as 80km/h. The current recorded average speed of 85.3km/h meets the Speed Limit Setting Rule.
  • As noted above, the Ravenswood development is expected to have significant impacts on the section of Rangiora Woodend Road to the north west of Chinnerys Road, including a new roundabout, residential development on Rangiora Woodend Road, and increased traffic volumes. These changes have been included in the speed limit assessment.
  • NZTA has a project underway to provide safer access across and onto SH1 in Woodend. This project may prompt changes to the intersections, or other layouts along Rangiora Woodend Road. As the nature and timing of any changes are unknown, the speed limit assessment assumed no changes associated with these measures.

Rangiora Woodend Road - from the proposed Ravenswood roundabout to School Road – proposed new speed limit of 60km/h

  • This section is currently 100km/h from the location of the proposed roundabout to north west of Chinnerys Road, and 70km/h from there to north west of School Road. The proposed changes to the section between the new roundabout and Chinnerys Road will make this section similar to the section between Chinnerys and School Road. These two sections have therefore been treated as one.
  • The safe and appropriate speed was assessed to be 50km/h.  However, the recorded average speed of vehicles on the existing 70km/h section was 63km/h. This suggests that a reduction of 8km/h would be needed to bring the operating speed to 55km/h (10% more than 50km/h). In order to achieve this reduction in the operating speed, significant engineering work is likely to be required. This work is not recommended before NZTA’s State Highway works are confirmed. 60km/h is considered to be an appropriate interim speed limit
  • A further review of speed limits on this section of road may be required once decisions have been made regarding NZTA’s proposals for access to SH1, and any associated works on Rangiora Woodend Road

Gressons Road – proposed new speed limit of 80km/h

  • The safe and appropriate speed assessed for this road is 80km/h.
  • The current recorded mean speed of 93km/h does not meet the Speed Limit Setting Rule with a new speed limit of 80km/h.
  • However, a reduction in average speed of 5km/h (from 93km/h to 88km/h) is considered to be achievable with a speed limit change and enforcement.

Boys Road - from Rangiora Woodend Road to the existing 50km/h at the railway line – proposed new speed limit of 80km/h

  • The assessed safe and appropriate speed is 80km/h.
  • The current recorded mean speed of 89km/h is very close to meeting the target of 80km/h plus 10%.
  • A reduction of speed of 1km/h is needed to meet this target. This is considered to be easily achievable with a speed limit change and enforcement.

Northbrook Road - from Boys Road to the 50km/h limit east of Goodwin Street – proposed new speed limit of 80km/h

  • The assessed safe and appropriate speed is 80km/h.
  • The current recorded mean speed of vehicles is 83km/h and meets the Speed Limit Setting Rule target with a new speed limit of 80km/h.

To find out more, drop in at an information session where our staff will be available to talk through the proposals in more detail, and answer any questions you may have.

NZTA staff will also be available at this drop in session to discuss safety on State Highway 1.

  • Woodend Community Centre, Monday 29 October 2018, 2 pm - 7 pm.

If you can't make it to the drop in session and you have questions, you can tell us what you think below, and you can also give NZTA your feedback about SH1 Woodend Corridor safety improvements.

Alternatively you can contact Bill Rice, Senior Transport Engineer on 0800 965 468 or email mailto:office@wmk.govt.nz

We want to know what you think of the speed limit proposals. Please provide your feedback no later than 5 pm, Sunday 4 November.