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Consultation to begin on proposed speed limit changes

Friday July 31 2020

Palmerston North City Council is proposing changes to speed limits in four areas of the city and we’re asking commuters and residents to make a submission before 4 September.

Stage one of the speed limits review process started last year, when we asked to residents to feedback on changes we were considering and help us identify roads that should be considered for future review.

General Manager – Strategy and Planning Sheryl Bryant says the response exceeded expectations with over 700 comments on our engagement map.

“This is clearly an important topic for our residents, and their feedback has been instrumental in helping us decide on the changes we’re now proposing.”

As part of this stage, Council is proposing changes to speed limits on roads around Ashhurst, Milson/Bunnythorpe, Tennent Drive, and Pahiatua-Aokautere.

“Our city is growing and it’s imperative that we make sure that pedestrians, bike-users, and motorists can move around safely and easily,” says Bryant.

“Speed limits have a big impact on making our roads safer, so we need to make sure that they’re appropriate as the city continues to change and develop.”

Community meetings will be held in Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, and the City Library, to give the community a chance to discuss the proposal.

Chief Executive Heather Shotter says the Speed Limit Bylaw review is an ongoing process and residents are encouraged to engage with the process as we progress through the current and upcoming stages.

“While we appreciate that a lot of residents gave us feedback last year, it’s equally important that they make a submission on the current proposal.

“It’s also important to remember that this review is ongoing and there will be plenty of opportunity to identify other roads for review in future stages.”

Consultation starts on Saturday 1 August, for five weeks, ending Friday 4 September. The full proposal, area maps and submission form can be found on Council’s website –

The public is invited to join us at community meetings to discuss the proposal:

  • Ashhurst Library: 4pm to 6pm, Monday 3 August
  • Central Library: 4pm to 6pm, Thursday 6 August
  • Bunnythorpe School: 7:30pm, Tuesday 18 August