What support is there for extending the 80km/hr speed zone on State Highway 1 along the Tamahere straight?
Some residents have already raised the issue with the NZ Transport Agency but to little effect. Now they’d like to know whether there is more support for the slower speed zone.
The Tamahere Eventide home, some of its residents and others who live in Cherry Lane have been at the forefront of the plea for what they believe would be a safer speed on the State Highway. Currently the 80km/hr zone starts around Newell Rd, just before the Hamilton boundary.
“The entrance/exit at Cherry Lane is limited by a short viewing distance towards Hamilton which makes turning right very risky and a number of accidents have occurred at that point,” says Tamahere Eventide chief executive Louis Fick.
“Reducing the speed to 80km/hr will improve safety for all road users,” he says.
It’s been suggested the 80km/hr zone could extend to around Bollard Rd. What’s your view? You can make it known by leaving a comment below.
Update Tuesday, October 11: An elderly woman was rushed to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition this afternoon after two vehicles collided head-on in Tamahere, southeast of Hamilton.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Cambridge Rd about 4.30pm.
A St John spokesman said the lone woman was encased in her vehicle and the fire service had to cut her free. She had multiple injuries and suspected fractures but ambulance staff were unsure whether she had an underlying medical condition.
Two men in the other vehicle were taken to Waikato Hospital with minor injuries.