Tamahere straight 80km/hr?

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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.

7 thoughts on “Tamahere straight 80km/hr?

  • October 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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    Just a note of another head on crash on S H 1 today. The expansion of the Eventide home is a good reason to maybe slow the traffic a little.

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    • October 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm
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      Update made, thanks Arnold. Unfortunate for those involved but interesting timing for this debate.

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  • October 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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    I think that extending the speed to 80k further out of town is pointless. when traffic numbers are low the speed limit would be flouted, when the traffic numbers are high the traffic slows down anyway.

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  • October 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm
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    No, leave as is, it’s SH1!

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  • October 11, 2011 at 9:09 am
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    A good point, it is a difficult area, but also the straight along Airport Road from the Narrows Bridge to SH1 should be 80km max as the Pencarrow and Newell Road entrances are just accidents waiting to happen.

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    • October 11, 2011 at 9:15 am
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      That is a very good observation to make, Steve. But the strange thing is half of Pencarrow Rd is 100km/hr and half 80km/hr. Personally, I can’t see why that should be.

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      • October 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm
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        It is to do with the number of driveways onto the road. Woodcock road is 70k for this reason.

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