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Residents frustrated with lack of action on speed

James Regan
800px Burkes Pass State Highway 8 001
State Highway 8 through Burkes Pass Mattinbgn, Wikipedia Commons


Residents in Burkes Pass near Tekapo are growing in concern about the speed limit through their village.

The speed limit is currently 80 kilometers per hour with residents wanting that down to 60.

Local business owner Julie Greig says the NZTA should be more flexible with their rules on speed limit changes.

"The NZTA say there has to be more than one turn off for them to bring the speed down," Greig says.

"I just think they should be more flexible when in comes to villages. This road is so busy at certain times of the year you can't even get across it." 

People coming down (the road) from Tekapo have no time to prepare for the village, they fly through here frequently," Greig says. 

 Greig says there are often near misses with tourist drivers and speed both factors.