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Project introduction

There have been a high number of crashes on State Highway 1 between Levin and Foxton. We’re proposing safety improvements between the 100km change north of Levin and south of Foxton including safety barriers, wide centrelines and a roundabout at Waitarere Beach Road to make SH1 safer for everyone.

  • Project type

    Safety improvements, Speed review
  • Project status


Project updates

SH1 Levin to Foxton - safety improvements brochure
Project updates, (PDF)

Safety improvements

We’re improving the safety of State Highway 1 from Levin to Foxton while we work to deliver the new highway from Ōtaki to north of Levin. We want people to feel safer moving between sections of new and existing highway.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the Poroutawhao, Waitarere Beach and Koputaroa community came together in December 2020 to improve SH1 safety.

In January 2021, we recorded community feedback and summer holiday road safety observations to combine local knowledge with road crash data.

In the time since, we’ve developed safety improvements in discussion with Nga hapu o Ngati Raukawa most impacted marae, stakeholders and community group representatives.

A further 2km of SH1, between Foxton and Whirokino Trestle, are vulnerable to head-on crash risk and were added to our project.

Speed review

In the five years between 2017 and 2021 there were 16 serious crashes on the 100km/h section of SH1 between north of Levin and south of Foxton. These crashes resulted in six people dying and 17 people being seriously injured. Safe speeds play an important part in keeping everyone safe – no matter how we travel. Safe speed limits help to minimise the severity of crashes when they occur because they give road users a second chance to either avoid a crash or at least walk away from one if it happens.

There are a number of factors that go into setting safe speeds on our roads, including the number of people using the road, how people are using the road, the function and features of the road and its surrounding environment.

We’d like to hear what you think about speeds on SH1 between the 70/100km on The Avenue and 100/50km change south of Foxton. What feels safe to you in different situations?

Find out more about the speed review process on the Speed management page

Draft design map


View larger map [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Find out more and have your say

Over four weeks, from 7 June to 7 July, we’re asking the public for their views and feedback on our plans to make this stretch of SH1 safer.

Come and see the draft plans:

  • Club Waitarere drop-in – Thursday 9 June, 5-7pm, 90 Park Avenue, Waitarere Beach
  • Ō2NL Project office drop-in – Thursday 16 June, 4-6pm, 171 Oxford Street, Levin
  • Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Foxton library drop-in – Saturday 2 July, 10am-12pm, 92 Main Street, Foxton
  • Poroutawhao Hall drop-in – Saturday 2 July, 1-4pm, 800 State Highway 1, Poroutawhao

Have your say online via the Social Pinpoint map(external link)

Project Contacts

Ōtaki to north of Levin project team –
More contact info
  • Phone: 0508 625 4636
  • Alternatively you can write to us:
    Ōtaki to north of Levin Project Team
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Level 5)
    Private Bag 6995
    Wellington 6141