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New speed limits coming into effect from 1 April

Thursday March 25 2021

Council is reminding residents of speed limit changes around the city coming into effect from 1 April.

Photo shows three lanes of cars heading into the city from Massey.

The changes affect four areas of the city – Ashhurst, Tennent Drive, Milson-Bunnythorpe and Pahiatua-Aokautere Road.

We adopted the Speed Limits Bylaw 2020 on 21 December, following public consultation.

New speed limit signs will be installed from 1 April, however, it will take a couple of days for all of them to be in place. Until then, residents are asked to follow the speed limit signs at the time of travel.

Inspector Ross Grantham says, “Police will take into consideration that these changes may cause some initial confusion for drivers and we’ll be educating people before enforcement, except for excessive speed.”

Public notices have been placed in local newspapers and a full list of the limits is available on our website.

These changes are the first stage of an ongoing process to review speed limits across Palmerston North. The second stage starts in July.

Palmerston North speed limit changes

This list shows roads where the speed limit is changing and what the new limit will be once the signs are in place.

Ashhurst

  • Hillcrest Road: From SH3 to Mulgrave Street the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Mulgrave Street: From Hillcrest Road to the existing 50/100km/h transition the new speed limit is 50 km/h.
  • Pohangina Road: From the existing 50/100km/h transition sign to the district boundary the new speed limit is 80km/h.
  • North Street: From Oxford Street to Cambridge Avenue the new speed limit is 50 km/h.
  • Oxford Street: From North Street to Wyndham Street the new speed limit is 50 km/h.
  • Colyton Road: For 150 metres (more or less) from the intersection with North and Oxford Streets the new speed limit is 50km/h.
  • Bunnythorpe Road: For 150 metres (more or less) from the intersection with Mulgrave Street the new speed limit is 50km/h.

Tennent Drive

  • Bypass Road: From Atawhai Road to Tennent Off Lane East Drive the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Tennent On Lane West Drive: From Atawhai Road to Tennent Drive the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Tennent Off Lane East Drive: From Tennent Drive to Summerhill Drive the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Summerhill Drive: From the intersection with Tennent Off Lane East Drive to Tennent Drive and Tennent West Drive the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Tennent Drive: From Fitzherbert Bridge to Prendergast Road the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Tennent Drive West: For the whole western side of the dual carriageway section the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Tennent Drive (from State Highway 57 to Prendergast Road): From Prendergast Road to State Highway 57 the new speed limit is 80km/h.

Milson - Bunnythorpe

  • Roberts Line North (Kelvin Grove Road end): From Kelvin Grove Road to Railway Road the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Roberts Line North (Richardsons Line end): From Railway Road to Richardsons Line the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Railway Road: From the current 50/70km/h transition to 150 metres (more or less) north of the intersection with Roberts Line the new speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Road: From the existing 100/50km/h transition for 170 metres (more or less) the new speed limit is 50km/h.
  • Campbell Road: From the existing 100/50km/h transition to the District boundary the new speed limit is 80km/h.
  • Ashhurst Road: From the existing 100/50km/h transition for 400 metres (more or less) the new speed limit is 50km/h.

Pahiatua - Aokautere

  • Pahiatua-Aokautere Road: From the existing 100/80km/h transition to the district boundary the new speed limit is 80km/h.

The following roads will have a new speed limit of 60km/h for their entire length.

  • County Heights Drive
  • Harrison Hill Road
  • Ridgeview Road
  • Kingsdale Park Drive
  • Westwood Drive
  • The Bush Track
  • Polson Hill Drive
  • Wake Place
  • Branksome Place
  • Moonshine Valley Road
  • Whisky Way​