We all deserve a transport system that puts people at the centre – that protects and helps us to get to the places and people important to us, so we can live life to the full.
When our streets are calm and everyone travels at speeds that are appropriate for the road environment, we create inclusive, healthy and people-friendly towns and cities where we can all move around freely, no matter how we choose to travel.
We want our tamariki and future generations to have independence and freedom to thrive. We can do this by designing a transport system that allows young people to get around on their own whether walking, cycling, travelling by scooter or by bus.
This is our vision for Canterbury, and an important part of Road to Zero, Aotearoa New Zealand’s road safety strategy.
The safe system is the international gold standard in road safety management and is the approach that underpins Road to Zero.
To design transport systems with people at the centre, we need to address every part. We need speeds that suit the road and how we use it, vehicles and roads that are designed to protect people, and drivers with the right behaviours. We work alongside our partners to implement key interventions that strengthen each part of the system.
In the Canterbury region, we’re continuing to invest in transport safety, access and resilience improvements, in public transport and walking and cycling.
Locations where safety improvement work has been completed or underway include:
Work in the pipeline over the next three years includes a range of safety improvements, including on:
To ensure our state highways remain safe and efficient, 230 lane kilometres of road renewals were completed in the Canterbury region from mid 2021 to mid 2022, and 277.4 lane kilometres are planned as part of the 2022/23 road maintenance programme.
Changing speed limits comes down to what we all value most: protecting the lives of all of us who use our streets and roads.
Speed limits were first set before we knew what was safe and appropriate for our roads. We know this harms people we care about and have a responsibility for.
Appropriate speeds will make Canterbury roads more inclusive, good for our health and the environment by making it easier and more comfortable for people to walk, ride bikes and use scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility aids to get around. It also gives our tamariki the opportunity for safe, active travel to school on their own, with friends or their caregivers.
It’s our responsibility to do better.
We’re taking practical steps to ensure we’re protecting the people and communities we care about - and we welcome you to be part of that journey.
We’re empowering our younger generations to thrive and have the freedom to walk, bus or bike to school by setting new speed limits.
We’re working together with local government on a target of all schools across Aotearoa, including kura kaupapa Māori and Kura ā Iwi, with safe and appropriate speed limits by the end of 2027. That’s approximately 2,500 schools in total, so our future generations can get around safely in ways that are good for their health and the environment.
There are several ways to achieve safe speeds around schools. Some roads may get permanent speed limits and others such as the state highway may use variable speed limits. Our approach considers the surrounding area of a school, to look after tamariki travelling further than the streets outside the front gate.
We aim to deliver safe speed limits to between 80 to 120 schools by mid 2024. The remaining schools will be delivered in our next National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period (2024–27) because these roading environments are complex and will require longer conversations.
Intersection speed zones (ISZ) are used to improve safety at rural intersections along high-speed roads. They detect when a driver is approaching on a side road and activate an electronic variable speed sign to temporarily show a lower speed limit on the main road.
The aim is to temporarily slow oncoming traffic to make it easier and safer for people to pull into or out of a side road across a high-speed rural road. This helps takes the pressure off at intersections and protects people in our community by reducing the risk and severity of crashes.
We’re working hard to ensure the region’s highways are safe, resilient and well maintained to effectively support the agriculture, industry, fishing, forestry and tourism sectors that underpin Canterbury’s economy. These roads enable the safe transportation of the region’s goods and produce to market and are essential economic and social lifelines, particularly for people living in smaller towns and settlements.
As part of our analysis to determine the appropriate speed for a road, we consider the characteristics and nature of the road and its surrounding environment, how people are using the road, and collective safety risk.
The findings from our analysis around schools on State Highways 1, 7, 73, 74M, 75, 76, 77, 79 and 82 showed:
The findings from our analysis on State Highway 1, 73, 76 and 77 showed:
We’ve had ongoing conversations with a range of partners, organisations and groups that have an interest or would be impacted by our plans to manage speed on our state highways.
Key themes we’ve heard from these conversations:
We’ve considered feedback from these conversations alongside our analysis as factors to develop our draft Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan.
Draft Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan [PDF, 25 MB]
Following our analysis and conversations with partners, interested groups and organisations, we propose the following new speed limits:
View larger map and speed limit tables [PDF, 2.9 MB]
|State highway||School||Existing speed limit (km/h)||Proposed new speed limit (km/h)
|1||St Joseph’s School (Kaikoura)||50||50/30*|
|1||Cheviot Area School||50||50/30*|
|1||Hornby High School||50||50/30*|
|1||Winchester Rural School||50||50/30*|
|1||Sacred Heart School (Timaru)||50||50/30*|
|7||Amuri Area School||50||50/30*|
|73||Villa Maria College||60||60/30*|
|73||Riccarton High School||50||50/30*|
|74M||St Bede’s College||60||60/30*|
|75||Hillmorton High School||50||50/30*|
|76||Addington Te Kura Taumatua||60||60/30*|
|77||Ashburton Borough School||50||50/30*|
|77||Our Lady of the Snows School (Methven)||50||50/30*|
|77||Mount Hutt College||50||50/30*|
|77||Darfield High School||50||50/30*|
|79||Geraldine Primary School||50||50/30*|
|82||St Patrick’s School (Waimate)||50||50/30*|
|82||Waimate Main School||50||50/30*|
|82||Waimate High School||50||50/30*|
|82||Waihao Downs School||100||100/≤60*|
|State highway||Reference number (refer to map)||Location||Description||Existing speed limit (km/h)||Proposed new speed limit (km/h)
|1||1||Amberley south||From south end of Amberley to near Grays Road||80||60|
|1||2||Woodend north||From north of Pegasus roundabout to Woodend||70||60|
|1||3||Weavers Road to Rakaia||From north of Weavers Road to Rakaia township||100||80|
|1||4||Weavers Road intersection speed zone (ISZ)||On SH1, approaching intersection with Weavers Road||100||80/60*|
|1||5||North Rakaia Road intersection speed zone (ISZ)||On SH1, approaching intersection with North Rakaia Road||100||80/60*|
|1||6||Rakaia township||Rakaia township urban area||70||50|
|73||1||Yaldhurst Road||To align with speed limit at Villa Maria College||60||50|
|73||2||Bealey/Station Road intersection speed zone (ISZ)||On SH73, approaching intersection with Bealey Road and Station Road||100||100/60*|
|73||3||Waddington Road intersection speed zone (ISZ)||On SH73, approaching intersection with Waddington Road||100||100/60*|
|76||1||Collins Street to west of the Barrington Street interchange||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||Various||80|
|76||2||Barrington Street westbound off-ramp (Jerrold St south)||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||60||50|
|76||3||Barrington Street eastbound on-ramp (Jerrold St north)||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||60||50|
|76||4||Barrington Street eastbound off-ramp 80||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||100||80|
|76||5||Barrington Street eastbound off-ramp 50||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||60||50|
|76||6||Barrington Street westbound on-ramp 50||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||60||50|
|76||7||Barrington Street westbound on-ramp 80||To align with Brougham Street upgrade||100||80|
|76||8||Waltham Road to Collins Street||From west of Waltham Road to Collins Street||60||50|
|77||1||Methven township north||North of the speed zone past Ōpuke Thermal Pools||100||80|
|77||2||Darfield urban||Through township, to align with speed limit at Darfield High School||80||50|
We’ll work directly with communities when we begin the implementation phase to finalise speed limit sign locations.
These new speed limits will help us take steps towards a safe system in Canterbury by:
We are striving to work with all of our communities. If you would like to receive this information translated into te reo Māori, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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