Limiting Speed

By: Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader

I get lots of feedback about traffic and how difficult it is to move around Tauranga. It is an unfortunate growing pain as infrastructure has fallen behind the growth of the city.

As the former Transport Minister I understand how important it is to invest in our roads to free congestion and keep our city moving.

All of the current Government projects underway in the Bay, such as Bayfair to Baypark were started under a National government. It’s unacceptable that the Government is turning their backs on our region and cancelling projects like Tauranga to Katikati. We are the fastest growing city in New Zealand and are in desperate need of roads that keep up with growth.

Safety should always be the priority when transport changes are considered. Local and central governments need to consider all of the long-term impacts on motorists.

The Government is looking at reducing speed limits, after NZTA modelling suggested limits on around 90 per cent of the country's roads are too high for the conditions. This could mean a reduced speed limit of 60km/h and 80km/h on some open roads.

Cutting speed limits to improve safety is too simplistic. If the Government is serious about saving lives it needs to invest in quality roads.

We can’t gridlock the country by reducing 100km/h speed limits on major roads. Tauranga people are frustrated enough by what’s happening on our local roads. Putting extra time on trips to other parts of the country is not progress.