Beckenham speed review

We’re making it safer for you to get around the Beckenham Loop, no matter how you travel.

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 22nd February 2021 - 22nd March 2021

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We’re making it safer for you to get around the Beckenham Loop, no matter how you travel. We’re proposing to lower the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h on some streets.  

Changing 50 kilometres per hour speed limits to 40 kilometres per hour on these streets:

  • Eastern Terrace
  • Waimea Terrace
  • Fisher Avenue
  • Norwood Street
  • Beckenham Street
  • Tuscany Place
  • Sandwich Road
  • Martin Avenue
  • Birdwood Avenue
  • Malcolm Avenue (from Eastern Terrace toWaimae Terrace)
  • Corson Avenue
  • Riverview Street

Is there anything we need to know before carrying out these changes? 

For speed limits and parking restrictions to be effective, they need to be understood and supported by the community.

That’s why we want to hear from you. 

We received 157 submissions from local residents and two organisations.

Submissions [PDF, 460 KB]

Key topics

  • Can the speed be 30km/h instead of 40km/h - The Waka Kotahi - NZTA is very specific about what speed limit can be placed on a road. Their Speed management guide identifies what speed a road should be based on its characteristics. Those include the traffic flow, the type of area (residential, Central Business District, etc.) The Beckenham Loop does not meet the criteria for 30km/h within this guide.
  • Expand the 40km/h speed limit to Tennyson Street – As Tennyson Street is an arterial road, it would not meet the requirements in the Waka Kotahi – NZTA’s  Speed management guide to become a 40km/h speed road.
  • Enforcement of the new speed limit - We will be advising NZ Police of the new speed limits to enable them to take appropriate enforcement action if required.

Meeting details and decision-making process

A staff report to the Waihoro/ Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board to recommend to Council to approve the Selwyn Street Area speed limit changes will be presented:

Date:    Tuesday 1 June

Time:    5pm

Venue: Te Pokai, Cashmere Primary School, 135 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere

This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact the Community Board Advisor, Amy Hart (please put Beckenham area speed review in the subject line) 03 941 5108 by Friday 28 May.

You can read the meeting agenda, including the staff report and any additional information, from Friday 28 May online at christchurch.infocouncil.biz(external link).

The decision will be recorded in the meeting minutes, these are available online three working days after the meeting.

The Council decided to approve the new speed limit, on 10 June 2021.

You can view the meeting minutes, which include the formal resolutions, online(external link) on page 3, 4 and 5. Or watch the Council discuss the resolutions.(external link)

What happens next?

We expect the new speed review to begin at the end of July 2021.

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Who to contact

Sam Sharland,
Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Decision made