Possible speed increase for parts of the Expressway to Wellington

Speed limits being looked at.

According to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency the speed limit on the Mackays to Peka Peka and Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressways could be lifted to 110 Kph in 2024.

Waka Kotahi is working to see if speed limits can be increased to 110 km/h on the Mackays to Peka Peka and Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressways next year.

Emma Speight, Director, Regional Relationships, says a speed management technical review is being done and the intention is to make a decision on speed limits for the expressways in early 2024.

“The review, along with public consultation, will see if it is appropriate to increase the speed limit on these expressways without compromising driver safety. We can consider increasing the posted speed limit when a road is designed and constructed to modern safety standards.”

Sounds great, but before you make too many plans for how to spend all the extra time this will save you, consider that it’ll shave as much as 2 minutes off your journey. The two sections are 18 Km and 13 Km long. In the Travel Time Calculation, How long does it take to travel 31 Km if travelling at 100 Kph compared with travelling at 110 Kph:

To compare the time it takes to travel a certain distance at different speeds, you can use the formula:

Time = Distance / Speed

Let’s calculate the time it takes to travel 31 kilometers at both 100 kilometers per hour (Kph) and 110 kilometers per hour (Kph):

For 100 Kph:

Time = 31 km / 100 km/h = 0.31 hours

For 110 Kph:

Time = 31 km / 110 km/h ≈ 0.2818 hours

Now, let’s convert both times from hours to minutes:

For 100 Kph:

0.31 hours * 60 minutes/hour = 18.6 minutes

For 110 Kph:

0.2818 hours * 60 minutes/hour ≈ 16.908 minutes

Comparing the times:

At 100 Kph, it takes approximately 18.6 minutes to travel 31 kilometers.

At 110 Kph, it takes approximately 16.908 minutes to travel 31 kilometers.

Miraz Jordan @WaikawaNews