Safer speeds for Northland roads


The NZ Transport Agency is asking people what they think about the speed limits on three stretches of state highway in Northland as it strives to make the roads safer for everyone who uses them.

The three roads that the Transport Agency is seeking feedback on are:

Between 2009 and 2018, there were 289 crashes on these roads with seven people killed and 28 seriously injured. People in communities along the way have told the Transport Agency they want lower speed limits on these stretches of state highway.

The Transport Agency’s Safe Network Programme Director Tim Crow says that as well as reducing speeds in high crash areas, it wants speed limits that reflect the risk on the road and will reduce the likelihood of serious crashes.

“The speed limit is the maximum legal speed that you can travel at on a road in perfect conditions. However, road conditions are rarely perfect and to drive safely, motorists have to look out for changes in traffic and road conditions and the weather.”

“Speed increases both the likelihood of crashes and the severity of crash outcomes, regardless of what causes a crash.”

“At the drop in sessions we’ll share technical advice on what is a safe and appropriate speed for a road. We’re also looking to better understand how people use the roads and what other factors might ultimately influence the speed limits.”

“Local knowledge and experience of using our roads is very useful information and we value feedback from residents and communities about the speed limit changes they would like to see.”

“We need to bring communities along with us by having open and honest discussions about the impact of speed, listening to people and understanding different perspectives, so that when a decision is made to change a speed limit people understand why and the benefits of the change being made.”

The speed reviews are part of the Safe Network Programme, delivering safety improvements on high-risk routes across New Zealand to make roads more forgiving of people’s mistakes. The programme focuses on safe roads and roadsides, safe and appropriate speeds, and safe rail level crossings.

The Transport Agency is investing $1.4 billion over three years to upgrade over 3,300km of New Zealand’s most dangerous rural state highways with improvements like safety barriers, wide centre lines, rumble strips, better signs and safer speeds.

“No matter what causes a crash, speed can be the difference between walking away or being carried away. Speed also reduces the time you have to react to a mistake, yours or someone else’s.”

Public drop-in sessions

You can find out more at four community drop-in sessions:

Wednesday 24 July
4pm to 7pm
Four Square
71 Gillies Street
Thursday 25 July
4pm to 7pm
Twin Pines Manor
Haruru Falls
342 Puketona Road
Friday 26 July
4pm to 7pm
111 North Road
Saturday 27 July
10am to 1pm
Countdown Waitangi
9 Puketona Road

Feedback is open until 4 August and can be provided at

A formal consultation process will follow the engagement period.

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