We are committed to addressing safety concerns on SH22 Drury to Paerata as the area continues to grow. There’s been a high number of crashes on State Highway 22 between the Drury interchange and Paerata, and some people in the community have told us that speeds on the road feel too high to be safe. We want to make sure that speeds are safe and right for this road, so we’re proposing speed limit changes.
Speed increases both the likelihood of crashes and the severity of crashes when they happen. A small reduction in speed can make a big difference, especially when cyclists or pedestrians are involved. Most crashes are caused by a number of factors, but even when it’s not the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed.
While reviewing current speed limits is something we can do now to address safety concerns, we are also making SH22 safer with improvements like roundabouts, turning bays and safety barriers. We will stage the delivery of these improvements to support both short-term and long-term growth in the area.
Find out more about the SH22 improvements
When we investigate changes to speed limits on a road, we ask communities for feedback on speed on those roads to help us fully understand the issues. Over the last two years we have heard people’s feedback on current speeds on SH22 from Drury to Paerata. We’ve used this feedback alongside our technical analysis to determine the safe and appropriate speeds for this stretch of road. We are now coming back to the community to formally consult on proposed changes to the current speed limits on this section of State Highway 22. Formal consultation on the new speed limit proposals is required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits (2017).
Read more about the community engagement and people’s feedback [PDF, 244 KB]
What we have heard
We have talked to the community, council, the local police, road user and freight groups, and local businesses about the current speed limits between Drury interchange and Paerata, and they have all raised concerns that the current speeds feel too high to be safe. People felt lower speeds were justified on this stretch of SH22.
What we know
SH22 is mostly a high-speed rural road connecting State Highway 1 with the rural and urban areas of Pukekohe, Drury, Glenbrook, Paerata and Waiuku and Awhitu Peninsula. State Highway 22 is a popular link to the beaches and regional parks located at Awhitu Peninsula, used mostly on weekends, and provides an alternative access to areas such as Clarks Beach.
Commuters, local businesses and freight use this road. Up to 25,000 vehicles a day use SH22 to connect to SH1, and vehicle numbers are increasing.
Between 2009 and 2018, there were 212 crashes on this stretch of road. 7 people were killed and 42 people were seriously injured.
The proposed changes to speed limits would have minimal impact on travel time. Based on current average speeds, if we were to reduce the speed limit as proposed below, we estimate it will only take you 26 seconds more to travel this stretch of road.
What we’re proposing
||Current speed limit
||Proposed new speed limit
||Current mean operating speed
|SH22 Drury interchange
|Reduce the speed to 60km/h for the 70km/h section from the south-western abutment of the Hingaia Stream Bridge to 100m south of the centreline of Burberry Road.
|SH22 Drury interchange to Paerata
|Reduce the speed to 80km/h for the 100km/h section from 100m south of the centreline of Burberry Road to 430m north of Crown Road.
|Reduce the speed to 60km/h for the 70km/h section from 430m north of Crown Road to the intersection of SH22 / Lough Bourne Drive.
* This represents the highest mean operating speed along this length. Speed is lower near the signalised intersections.
Current and proposed speed limits