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Project introduction

We want to make your roads safer for everyone who uses them. We want to make sure that speeds are safe and right for this road, so we’re reviewing the current speed limits.

  • Project type

    Speed review

What we know

Between 2009 and 2018, three people died and 18 were seriously injured in crashes along this route.

Some of the crashes on this road are at intersections. People have told us it’s difficult to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles and at times there is a lot of traffic, and that means some drivers make risky decisions, like pulling out when it is not safe.

We know more development is planned and the population will grow, making this road even busier. Each day, around 11,500 vehicles travel between Hope and Brightwater, and 8,500 travel between Brightwater and Wakefield.

We want to make sure the speed limits are safe and appropriate for this road. Most crashes are caused by a number of factors, but even when it’s not the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away unharmed.

Our priority is to make this a safer stretch of road as soon as possible so that everyone living on and using SH6 can get where they are going safely.

Download the information sheet [PDF, 523 KB]

Speed limits between Hope and Wakefield are as high as 100km/h but the average speeds are much lower.

Location Current speed limit
(km/h)
Average speed
(km/h)
Hope 70 60–64
Hope to Brightwater 100 80–84
Brightwater 80 75–79
Brightwater to Wakefield 100 85–89
Wakefield fringe 70 60–64

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.

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