Speed cut for killer corner

The NZ Transport Agency will cut the speed limit on State Highway 1 to 80km/h past the Cherry Lane killer corner.

The SH1 speed reduction, along with the removal of the southbound passing lane, were among safety improvements investigated after widespread calls for action on the corner prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

NZTA Principal Safety Engineer Michelle Te Wharau said today that after community consultation it had been decided to go ahead with the most far reaching safety measures.

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Killer corner no safer

None of the measures mooted to increase driver safety at the Cherry Lane – State Highway 1 killer corner have been done a month after many were expected to be in place.

In early May, the NZ Transport Agency detailed short and long term actions ranging from road signs to reduced speed limits but a month after NZTA’s own deadline Cherry Lane residents are still waiting.

The measures agreed with a residents’ group followed widespread calls for action on the corner prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

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Killer corner to be made safer

Measures have been mooted to boost driver safety at the Cherry Lane – State Highway 1 killer corner immediately, and changes to the road layout and speed limit could be underway within weeks.

The changes come after widespread calls for action on the corner which were prompted by locals’ concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

Cherry Lane resident representatives Debbie McKillop and Simon Ashworth and Tamahere Eventide chief executive Louis Fick met NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) staff in April to discuss safety options for the intersection.

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