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SH2 BOP Northern Corridor Safe System project

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Project introduction

The SH2 Northern Corridor Safe System project is looking to design and implement safety improvements along the corridor to create a more forgiving road environment.

  • Estimated project dates

    Apr 2014
  • Estimated project cost

    $20 million to $100 million
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status



This is the first project of its type in the Bay of Plenty which looks at a full corridor (stretch of highway). Following the principles of the Safe System approach, the project is focused on preventing head-on and intersection crashes by putting in place safety solutions to reduce the consequences of a crash when a driver makes a mistake.



In the period 2009–13, there were four fatal, 26 serious and 72 minor crashes on this stretch of State Highway 2. The main causes of these crashes were crossing the centre line, turning across traffic and running off the road. This project aims to save lives and lessen injuries by creating a more forgiving road environment.

The Safe System approach recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It aims to create a more forgiving road system looking at improvements in four areas – safer roads and roadsides, safer road use, safer speeds and safer vehicles. This work falls under the government’s Safer Journeys strategy.

About this project

The objectives of this project are to:

  • reduce the severity of road crashes, particularly head-on, intersection and run-off-road crashes
  • improve safety for local residents and the community who live and travel along this route
  • develop and implement appropriate safety solutions
  • align the safety solutions for the SH2 Tauranga to Waihi project so that they are consistent with the SH2 wider northern corridor (Pokeno Mangatarata) safety project.

To give us your feedback and experience of driving along the SH2 BOP northern corridor and to sign up to the database for more news, email the Transport Agency at

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the goal of the Safe System approach?

    It aims to significantly reduce the likelihood of crashes occurring and to minimise the consequences of
    crashes when they do. This requires a focus on reducing the highest risk crash types: head-on, run-off road,
    intersection crashes, and crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. Mistakes are inevitable but deaths and
    serious injuries are not

  • What does the Safe System approach strive for?
    • Roads and roadsides that are more predictable and forgiving of mistakes.
    • Speeds that suit the function and level of safety of the road, and the road users understand and comply with speed limits and drive to the conditions. 
    • Safer vehicles which help prevent crashes and protect road users from crash forces.
    • Skilled and competent, alert and unimpaired drivers, who comply with road rules, choose safer vehicles, take steps to improve safety and demand safety improvements.
  • How does the Transport Agency make roads like SH2 safer?

    Managing speed to safe levels is crucial to reducing deaths and serious injuries because the results of all
    crashes are strongly influenced by impact speed. Sections of SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi have a speed
    limit of 90km/h, recognising that it is currently not safe to travel 100km/h along these sections of state
    highway. Road widening, land separation and central median barriers all help prevent head-on collisions.
    There are several ways to limit the number and seriousness of run-off road crashes. Improvements around
    access (driveways and intersections) have also proven to reduce crashes.

  • Does the Safe System approach just shift the blame from road users?

    No, the Safe System approach doesn't take the road user out of the picture or diminish their responsibilities.
    Instead of laying the majority of blame on the road user, it recognises the need for all system designers and
    system users to share responsibility for what happens when a crash occurs.

  • How can I have a say on the Safe System plan for SH2?

    As the options are developed the project team will seek input from the people who live, work and travel along
    SH2. A community open day is planned for later this year to provide the opportunity to find out more and
    give feedback on the proposed solutions to make SH2 a safer state highway.