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Northland and north Auckland speed reviews

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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi is reviewing speeds on nine state highways in Northland and two in north Auckland where safer speed limits could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries.

Making Northland and north Auckland’s roads safer

In 2020, 318 people were killed and almost 2,500 seriously injured on New Zealand roads. These are whānau, friends and workmates.

Even when speed doesn’t cause a crash, it’s what will most likely determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed from that crash. If we, as a country, are serious about improving our road safety record, we must look at how fast we’re driving.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reviewing speeds on state highways in Northland and north Auckland – and across New Zealand – to set safer speeds for everyone.

We are working toward Vision Zero – an Aotearoa where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads. Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy, sets an initial target of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 40% by 2030.

To achieve this target, we need to create a safe transport system that recognises humans make mistakes and is designed so that these mistakes do not need to cost us our lives. A safe system requires a mix of solutions that all combine to keep people safe.

Speed management is one solution that will have an immediate impact. 

Speed review areas

Waka Kotahi is considering speed on the following corridors (illustrated in the map below):

  • SH1 Pukenui to Kaitaia
  • SH10 Pakaraka to Taipa
  • SH11 Kawakawa to Paihia
  • SH1 Kawakawa to Whangārei
  • SH1 Whangārei to Te Hana
  • SH12 Ōmāpere to Kaikohe
  • SH15 from SH1 (north of Kaikohe) to Otaika
  • SH14 Dargaville to Whangārei
  • SH12 Brynderwyn to Ōmāpere
  • SH16 Wellsford to Waimauku
  • SH1 Te Hana to Warkworth

Map of the top of the North Island, showing the areas of road we are asking for feedback on.

View larger map [JPG, 341 KB]

Community engagement completed

We recently sought feedback and local knowledge on these 11 corridors. The public engagement process closed on Monday 14 June 2021 and allowed us to gain an understanding of how people use the roads and any concerns local road users have.

This information will help us decide whether speed limit changes are the best thing to do to improve road safety, where new speed limits might begin or end, and if any other safety improvements might be needed.

Summary of the engagement process and the feedback we received [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Next steps

We will now review the feedback we received before deciding on which of the 11 corridors considered will move ahead to the next phase.

We will then prepare a detailed proposal that recommends speed limit changes on the selected corridors and hold a formal public consultation on these recommendations.

Learn more about speed management and how we decide on speed limits

Speed review process

Speed review starts A technical assessment of the road is carried out to find out about crash history, average vehicle speeds, volume of vehicles and development of surrounding areas. This helps to determine what safe and appropriate speeds should be.
Engagaement We talk to local communities and stakeholders to understand how the road is being used, find out any safety concerns and get feedback on current speeds.
Formal consultation Changing a speed limit is a legal process, so this stage involves sharing a detailed proposal with people and asking for any additional information that might have an impact on the final decision.
Notification of speed limit change Feedback is considered, a final decision is published on our website, and the public is notified.
New speed limit implemented New speed limit signs are installed on the road.

Previous speed reviews

In Northland, we’ve already reviewed speed limits on SH11 from Puketona to Paihia and SH1 from Moerewa to Kawakawa, setting safer speed limits on these roads in 2020. We recently announced new permanent speeds for SH10 Awanui-Kaingaroa, which will take effect from 22 October 2021.

SH11 Puketona to Paihia

SH1 Moerewa to Kawakawa

SH10 Awanui to Kaingaroa

In Auckland, we’ve reviewed speed limits on SH16 from Brigham Creek to Waimauku, SH22 from Drury to Paerata and SH1 L Phillips Road to Puhoi, setting safer speed limits on these roads in 2020 and 2021.

SH16 Brigham Creek to Waimauku

SH22 Drury to Paerata

SH1 L Phillips Road to Puhoi