Speedsters on West Thompson St

Witnesses have estimated drivers speeding in excess of 70kmph on West Thompson St.

A resident on West Thompson St has reported seeing drivers speeding along his street almost every day, often in excess of 70kmph, since speed bumps were removed from the street several weeks ago.

A Waipa District Council spokesperson confirmed the speed bumps were removed “due to ineffectiveness at lowering speed and a number of complaints from nearby residents”.

“Speed bumps are used to reduce speed and in the right environment they can work very well. But, in this setting they were creating a lot of noise and vibrations, felt by immediate residents. This was particularly disruptive when large vehicles and trucks crossed the bumps, and with the deceleration and acceleration of vehicles slowing to go over the speed bump and then quickly increasing their speed.

“The bumps were removed on 22 December 2017. Unfortunately, the replacement surfacing was not to the expected standard and we have asked the contractor to re-surface it.

“Once completed we will be looking at other speed calming measures, this may for example include installing a chicane, road markings and associated signage reminding drivers of the speed limit and the residential environment.”

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