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Govt to investigate speed limit increase

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

The government is going to investigate raising the speed limit to 110km/h on some highways, Prime Minister Bill English has told parliament.

In his opening statement on Tuesday he said work on regionally important state highways would be accelerated.

"The government will also consult on changes to allow for speeds to be increased to 110km/h on selected highways," he said.

The possibility of raising the speed limit was mentioned last year by the then associate transport minister, Craig Foss.

He said at the time it could apply to highways with median barriers, at least two lanes in each direction and no direct access to neighbouring properties.

The NZTA had initially identified 155km of highway in Auckland, Tauranga and Waikato that would be suitable.

Road safety charity Brake said it was "extremely concerned" because speed was a critical factor in all road crashes.

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