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Railway Road-Roberts Line speed limit update

Friday May 21 2021

Palmerston North’s most dangerous intersection is now proving safer following a change in speed limit.

The Railway Road-Roberts Line intersection has seen 10 serious crashes in the past five years. Two separate crashes resulted in deaths, two caused serious injuries and three caused minor injuries.

Last year we consulted on lowering the speed limit following the deaths of two young doctors who were killed in a crash at the intersection.

Council also commenced urgent construction work to slow down motorists at the intersection, which required the installation of speed limit signs.

We’ve subsequently identified that the temporary speed limit signs implemented by Council, and left at the intersection following the construction, were not lawful during the period between the work and the new bylaw.

The period ends at 14 April, as that’s when permanent speed signs were installed following the bylaw coming into effect.

Council’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Sarah Sinclair, says it is an unfortunate situation.

“We acted swiftly to improve safety at this notoriously dangerous intersection. We recognised the need for urgency, and acted with the best intentions to improve the safety of our residents and visitors. Since the speed limit changed, we’ve had no reported crashes. That demonstrates how important our decision was to keep road-users safe.”

She says that despite the technicality regarding the temporary speed limit, motorists were still far exceeding the sign posted speed limit, which could have put themselves or others in danger at this site - our end goal is that everyone gets home safely!

Now that the speed limit is enforceable, all motorists need to stick to 60km per hour, or risk getting a speeding ticket.

The Police will be contacting those affected.