Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback about making State Highway 2 (SH2) between Ngauranga and Featherston safer for all road users and asking people to share their thoughts on the current speed limits.
From Monday 20 September, Waka Kotahi will begin seeking feedback on safer speed limits from people who live and work in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa, and those who travel this section of State Highway 2 regularly.
“Thousands of people use this road every day, whether it’s to get to work or school, to visit family and friends, to pick up their groceries or to see the doctor. Wherever people are going, they should be able to get there and back safely,” Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says.
Between 2011 and 2020, 15 people lost their lives and 149 people were seriously injured in crashes on this road.
“Every one of these deaths and serious injuries has had a devastating impact on families, friends and communities,” Ms Speight says.
“Waka Kotahi is committed to creating a safe transport system so that we can achieve our vision of an Aotearoa where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“Safe speeds save lives. Whatever the cause of a crash, speed is the biggest factor that determines whether a person is killed, seriously injured, or walks away unharmed.
“We want to know what people think of the current speed limits on State Highway 2. Your feedback, alongside our technical assessments of the road, will help inform a proposal for safer speed limits.
“Creating a safe transport system requires a mix of solutions that work together to keep people safe. So alongside proposing safer speeds, we are investigating infrastructure improvements for the highway. We will share more details about what these improvements might look like in the coming months.”
People will be able to start sharing their feedback on the SH2 speed review from Monday 20 September. More information about the speed review, including details on how to provide feedback, can be found on the project page.
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