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  • What is the Safe Network Programme?

    The programme is a three-year collaborative initiative with local government that aims to save up to 160 deaths and serious injuries every year by making New Zealand’s highest risk roads safer.

    The Transport Agency will work in partnership with local government to find the right safety solutions for each region. Simplifying decision-making and approval processes around standard safety interventions will streamline the delivery of safety improvements.

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  • Why do we need the programme?

    Road deaths have increased from 253 in 2013 to 378 in 2017. This is unacceptable. We need to do better, and we need to work quicker to change this. At least seven people die, and around 54 are reported seriously injured, every week on our roads.

    Each death and serious injury has a devastating and wide-reaching impact on families and communities. It also has a social cost to New Zealand of $84 million per week, or nearly $4.7 billion a year. The programme will save up to 160 deaths and serious injuries every year.

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  • How much will the programme cost?

    The programme is estimated to cost $1.3–1.5 billion and signals the Transport Agency’s commitment to making New Zealand’s state highways and local roads safe. The programme targets an estimated $600–700 million of state highway safety improvements and $700-800 million of local road safety improvements.

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  • When will the programme be rolled out across the country?

    Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury have been identified as the priority regions where the programme will be rolled out. This is because these three regions have the highest number of potential death and serious injury savings. The programme will then be rolled out regionally around the country. At the same time, the Transport Agency will continue to work with local government on delivering other high-risk road projects in their regions.

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  • What makes the programme different to other safety programmes?

    The programme is different in that success relies heavily upon partnering with local government. It is not only about state highways, but also local roads – all connected to make a safer journey. The programme will be more rapidly delivered, including more streamlined approval processes and increased funding to encourage local government to invest in further safety interventions.

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  • How does this programme connect into other programmes already underway?

    The Safe Network Programme will support, and connect into, other safe roads and roadside safety programmes across the country.

    The Transport Agency has a number of national projects and programmes already planned and / or underway to make our roads safe. This includes the the Safe Roads and Roadsides Programme, which got underway in 2016.

    What makes the Safe Network Programme different to earlier road safety programmes is its sharp focus on rapid delivery across the entire transport network – on both local roads and state highways. The programme will focus on prioritised regions and ensure delivery within three years.

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Local road programme

  • How to apply for TEFAR
    • Write to your Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships as soon as possible with a list of the activities you would like to be considered for TEFAR.
      South Island:
      Upper North Island:
      Waikato: TBC
      Lower North Island:
    • This list of activities should include activities identified from your low cost, low risk programme, that you consider meet the eligibility criteria for TEFAR.
    • We may need additional information to assess requests for TEFAR for low cost, low risk activities – we’ll use a spreadsheet specific to each AO to gather this information.
    • We’ll respond within 15 working days to let you know which activities have been assessed as eligible for TEFAR.
    • Funding for TEFAR is limited and eligibility doesn’t provide an indication of funding availability or approval. Our standard process needs to be followed for funding approval.
    • Projects need to be at least 80% complete by the end of 2018-21 NLTP, to remain eligible for TEFAR. If this is not achieved, the project will revert to normal FAR, applied retrospectively.
    • It’s important we have accurate programme monitor forecasts from AO’s – across all projects and programmes.
    • We’ll also be in touch to discuss how we can best support you to deliver your locally-led transport activities.
    • You can find detailed information about TEFAR in the Transport Agency’s Planning and Investment Knowledge Base.
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Standard safety intervention projects

  • What are standard safety interventions?

    The Transport Agency has developed a toolkit of standard safety treatments to make it easier for local government when they are shaping their safety programmes. The toolkit includes safety treatments such as median barriers, rumble strips, and widening centre lines, and will include treatments for both urban and rural environments. Each treatment in the toolkit has been approved by the Transport Agency, reducing the requirement for further business cases. This will streamline approval processes, meaning safety improvements can be rolled out much faster.

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Roads and roadsides projects

  • Why does it take so long to make the roads safer?

    We’re making many of these improvements to roads that people are driving on every day. It is important then that we take steps to keep our people safe while at working on these roads. This can affect the time it takes to get this work done and can limit the amount of work we can do at any one time.

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  • What are you doing to make sure this moves at the pace needed?

    We are prioritising sections of road  where we know we can make progress early. These areas are where we’ve already talked with communities and stakeholders about the likely safety improvements, and planning or design is already well underway. These roads may not be the highest-risk sections, but still represent good value. We continue to focus on the busier and higher risk parts of the network but making these safer will take longer, so we are making sure physical progress is made where we can.

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  • What have you already delivered on highways?

    Since October 2017, 10 of New Zealand’s rural highways have been made safer, with 113km of road barriers has been installed across these highways as well as 365km of improvements such as rumble strips, line markings, improved signs, and widened shoulders. We have also installed Intersection Speed Zones at seven intersections as part of the Safety Boost Programme.

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  • What is being delivered right now?

    A further 13 projects are in construction. Once work on these projects is completed, the following safety improvements will have been added to high-risk rural state highways across the country:

    • 280km of barriers (47km of median barriers and 232km of roadside barriers)
    • 3920kms of rumble strips and line markings
    • Wide centerlines across nine projects
    • 10 intersection speed zone signs.
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  • How do safety barriers prevent deaths and serious injuries?

    Road safety barriers are a road safety success story, proven to make a real difference. When fitted along the side and centre of the road, they can reduce the severity of crashes so that the number of people killed is reduced by up to 90 per cent.

    Centennial Highway on SH1 north of Wellington is a great example of how effective flexible median barriers are. Since the installation of the barrier in 2009, it has been hit about 127 times without a single death and only two serious injuries on this road (as at December 2018).

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  • How do they work?

    Flexible road safety barriers ‘catch’ vehicles that leave their lane before they hit something less forgiving – like other vehicles or trees, poles and ditches. When a vehicle hits a barrier, the wire cables flex, slowing down the vehicle and keeping it upright during and after a collision. The barrier absorbs the impact, reducing the force on the people in the vehicle.

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  • Will the barriers prevent emergency services getting past cars in an emergency?

    During the design phase, careful consideration is given to the width between the barriers to allow for breakdowns, road maintenance, and to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

    The Transport Agency works closely with Fire and Emergency NZ and other stakeholders to understand their requirements. Before adding barriers, where possible the road may be widened to gives sufficient width for emergency vehicles to pass.

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