As part of the New Zealand’s Road to Zero road safety strategy for 2020–2030, the safe system methodology is being used to improve SH2 in the Wairarapa between Masterton and Featherston. Road to Zero sets a target to reduce deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand’s roads, streets, cycleways and footpaths by 40 percent over the next 10 years. The safe system approach recognises that whilst mistakes are inevitable – deaths and serious injuries from crashes are not. The safe system approach seeks to create a safe and forgiving road system that makes the safety of people a priority.
Road to Zero
Three separate but complementary projects are planned between Masterton and Featherston: a review of the speed limits, proposed roundabouts and barriers at dangerous intersections as well as twenty-one raised pedestrian crossings that will help pedestrians to safely cross a busy highway.