Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) plans are developed on a periodic basis to increase safety and the level of service of the roading network for all road users.
Raised speed cushions, raised crossings, safe-hit bollards and cycle lanes are part of the toolkit Council uses in LATM planning. Measures such as lowering speed limits, raising intersections or reducing road widths also form part of the LATM planning process.
By introducing LATM plans it benefits all road users as it lowers the risk of high speed incidents, and results in safer neighbourhoods.
Though an integral driver for traffic management intervention stems from public outreach, the LATM plans consider the requirements and volumes of a wide area, rather than focusing on a localised street or intersection.
They are developed by the transportation team which considers accident data, speed and volume data, vehicle classification and community and stakeholder feedback as part of the engagement process.
All plans are peer reviewed and sometimes temporary measures will be introduced to test the proposal’s effectiveness before a permanent solution is installed.
Council plans to produce three LATM initiatives per year. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contributes 51% of the funding.
Over the next three years, traffic management will be introduced in Marewa, Maraenui and Onekawa. With additional funding, other areas such as Pirimai, Bay View and parts of Taradale will also have their own LATM interventions implemented.
Works recently undertaken or underway as a result of LATM plans include:
Proposed future works
Council is proposing further works this financial year in Marewa, Maraenui and Pirimai.
Residents who would be affected by the proposed works will be asked to provide feedback by the end of October, before final decisions and arrangements are made to commence implementation.
$900,000 for 2023/24 ($459,000 Waka Kotahi)
The first physical works were completed in July 2023
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