The Kāpiti Coast Council has replied to KIN’s questions about heavy traffic in Raumati which is endangering hundreds of young
children in the area.
The Kapiti Independent asked the council seven key questions and got the following responses:
1. What is being done to improve safety for young children walking and cycling along all the roads leading to the Raumati Beach Primary School, Kapiti College, and the two early childhood centres?
Answer: ‘A review of the Raumati Beach Village roading corridor, including potential traffic calming and safety improvements, is currently being undertaken. A report on these improvements will be presented to the March 2020 meeting of the Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board.’
2. What is being done to enforce the 30 k limit imposed recently?
Answer: ‘Council proactively works with residents, schools and the Police to address road safety concerns and to identify safety improvements. This includes Police undertaking road safety enforcement actions throughout the district.’
3. Why has a sign signifying a 50k speed has been left outside the primary school, thus increasing danger right outside the school?
A: ‘This 50km per hour sign indicates the current speed limit for this section of road. In August last year Council submitted in support of the Ministry of Transport’s (Ministry) Draft Road to Zero Safety Strategy.
‘As part of this strategy the Ministry is planning legislative/speed limit rule changes later this year including:
• Improving how councils and the NZTA plan for, consult on and implement speed management changes;
• Transitioning to lower speed limits around schools to improve safety and encourage more children to walk and cycle to school;
• Adopting a new approach to safety cameras to reduce excessive speeds on our highest risk roads.
‘Upon confirmation of these changes, we will be able to quantify the scope and subsequent cost to implement these changes.
‘We will then seek Annual Plan or Long Term Plan funding from Council, if required, to implement these changes.’
4. Why hasn’t the KCDC installed speed bumps and raised crossings, as has been done, successfully, at Paraparaumu Beach?
A: ‘The review of the Raumati Beach Village roading corridor includes traffic calming and safety improvements such as raised crossings.
5. Vehicles still drive at speed around the Pub at the corner of Matatua Rd and Raumati Road and have only a few metres to go before endangering pedestrians on the crossing from the car park to the Four Square Dairy. What is being done about this danger?
A: The speed of vehicles in the Village area will be addressed in the review of the Raumati Beach Village roading corridor.
6. Is the Council taking any measures to get police co-operation to reduce the hazards? (The Editor and his wife live locally, and have never recently seen any police road safety patrols.]
A: Council works with Police on road safety initiatives. As part of the programme of ongoing safety improvements we recently installed an electronic speed feedback sign near the school on Raumati Road. This sign highlights the speed that vehicles are travelling and encourages drivers to be aware of their speed.’
7. Do the KCDC officers realise that it is probably only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured, or killed, in this area unless something is done urgently.
A: ‘Council has made a number of safety improvements to the roading network in the Raumati Road and Village area. The traffic calming and safety improvements that are currently being planned will further improve road safety in this area.
These answers were sent to us by Sean Mallon, Group Manager Infrastructure Services Te Kaihautū Ratonga Pakiaka