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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits on State Highway 6 (SH6) between Hope and Wakefield.

  • Project type

    Speed review

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What we know

Each day around 11,500 vehicles travel between Hope and Brightwater, and 8,500 travel between Brightwater and Wakefield. With further developments these traffic volumes are expected to increase.

Between 2009 and 2018 there were a total of 98 crashes, including 17 serious crashes, on this section of SH6. Three people were killed and 18 people were left seriously injured by these crashes.

Most crashes are caused by a number of factors. Even when it’s not the primary cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away unharmed.

(external link)We have talked to the community, council, police, AA, local businesses and others about the current speed limits between Hope and Wakefield. Some people have told us that the current speed limits feel too high to be safe, and others have told us they are concerned about the safety and ease of accessing the highway from intersections and driveways. Others comments included driver behaviour and education, road conditions, and wanting increased road markings and signage. We also heard from people who wished to see more consistent speed limits.

Based on the feedback we have received, we are investigating what changes or improvements could be made to key intersections at Brightwater.

Read the summary of engagement [PDF, 135 KB]

Speed limits between Hope and Wakefield are as high as 100km/h but the average speeds are much lower.

Location Current speed limit
Proposed new speed limit (km/h) Current mean operating speeds
Hope Township. Existing 70km/h area, from approximately 320m south west of Norman Andrews Place to approximately 800m south west of Ranzau Road East 70 60 60–64

Hope to Brightwater. Existing 100km/h area, from approximately 800m south west of Ranzau Road East to 300m south west of Clover Road

100 80 80–84
Brightwater Township. Existing 80km/h area, from approximately 300 south west of Clover Road to approximately 380m south west of River Terrace Road 80 NO CHANGE 75–79
Brightwater to Wakefield North. Existing 100km/h area, from approximately 380m south west of River Terrace Road to approximately 440m north east of Bird Road. 100 80 85–89
Wakefield North. Existing 70km/h area, from approximately 440m north east of Bird Road to approximately 310m north east of Franklyn Close. 70 60 60–64

Indicative map

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Public consultation

21 December 2020

Formal consultation on new speed limit proposals is required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017.

Thank you to those of you who have made a submission on this consultation.  We will now begin analysis of the submissions, finalise the technical assessments, and then make a decision on the safe and appropriate speeds on this highway. The decision will be published on our website in due course and submitters will be advised.

Submissions closed on Friday 18 December 2020.

Land Transport Rule: Setting of speed limit (2017)


How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.