The objective as made clear by this government is to slow everybody down. Last week one of our editors drove south down the Kapiti ‘Ewy’ and the last km of it before the interchange near Poplar Ave had a lane closed off with orange witches hats — but there was absolutely no evident reason. About a week ago 2 of us experienced the same, albeit slightly shorter, at the south entrance to Palmerston North and again at the east entrance. You can’t help thinking all the potholes on State Highways exist because of the same desire. But not only that, massive reductions to 30 km/h will see most people go well over the new limits — and you know who will be waiting to write out revenue raising notices.

from the KCDC–

A Speed Management Plan for the Kāpiti Coast

Consultation on our first Speed Management Plan(External link) is now open.

The Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 requires all road controlling authorities to develop a Speed Management Plan.

Our draft Plan outlines options for how the Kāpiti transport network could look in 10 years’ time, and provides a three-year implementation programme for ‘high benefit areas’ identified by Waka Kotahi – school zones, town centres and road corridors.

Your feedback is important and will help us:

  • confirm the changes to be made before the end of 2027
  • plan for the future of the Kapiti road network beyond 2027.

If you would like to discuss the plan before submitting or would like help responding, please contact us by emailing, or calling 0800 486 486.

You can read more about the Speed Management Plan proposal on our website.(External link)

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Once consultation closes your feedback will be considered. This may result in the draft Speed Management Plan and concepts being updated for final signoff by Council. Please note there will be no meetings to hear submissions.

What’s in our Plan

The first Kāpiti Coast Speed Management Plan aims to deliver safer streets for all.

It takes a staged approach to allow for the management of funding uncertainties, the delivery of the high benefit areas, and for any lessons learned to be applied to future Speed Management Plans.

This first Speed Management Plan has two parts, and you can provide feedback on both.

  • Part A – What is proposed to implement up to the end of 2027.
  • Part B – What is planned for beyond 2027.

You can also let us know of any other speed-related issues not covered in this Speed Management Plan.