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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.

  • Project type

    Speed review

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Making Northland and north Auckland’s roads safer

Over the last ten years more than 27000 people have lost their lives or been seriously injured on New Zealand’s roads, 1700 of these in Northland and 5800 in Auckland alone.

These are whānau, friends and workmates.

If we, as a country, are serious about improving our road safety record, we must look at how fast we’re driving.

We also know that to make our roads safer we need to address every part of the road system, not just speed – this means safer vehicles, safer drivers and safer roads.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reviewing speeds across New Zealand to set safer speeds for everyone, and this includes speeds on these Northland and north Auckland state highways:

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

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’ve also been reviewing speed limits on SH10 between Awanui and Kaingaroa and are currently finalising our investigations so we can announce our decision on this review.

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

* between 2010 – 2019. Data sourced from CAS (Crash Analysis System)

Community engagement

We have talked with communities in Northland and north Auckland about speeds on the state highways we are reviewing. We’ll use people’s feedback and local knowledge to help us determine if a speed limit change is the best thing we can do to improve safety for all road users.

Feedback closed on Monday 14 June 2021. However, you can see what others had to say on our interactive maps: