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Safe System case studies

At Waka Kotahi, we’re committed to Vision Zero - a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

To achieve this, we’re working with the road safety sector to create a safe system, one which is designed to put the safety of people at its heart.

We know people make mistakes, so we need to create forgiving roads and roadsides so simple mistakes don’t cost people their lives.

Below are some examples of road safety improvements Waka Kotahi and other road controlling authorities have made across the country to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads.

Infrastructure improvement and safer speed limits are part of Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy, which aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand roads by 40% in the next decade.


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Anglesea and Bryce Street intersection upgrades

In 2019, Hamilton City Council invested $1.5 million to upgrade the Anglesea and Bryce Street intersection with a proven safety intervention known as a raised safety platform. The busy transport and business hub has thousands of road users everyday and to help keep everyone safe, HCC saw value in upgrading the intersection to reflect best practice Safe System principles. This project won the council the 2021 TRAFINZ Safety Leadership Award.

Bankwood and Comries Road intersection safety improvements

Waka Kotahi and Hamilton Council co-funded the $1.2 million project to improve safety on the road, delivering an urban roundabout with raised platforms on all approaches and off-road shared path facilities on each of the corners as a safe route for vulnerable road users.

River and Horotiu Bridge Road intersection safety improvements

Waikato District Council improved safety at a high risk at the River Road and Horotiu Bridge Road intersection by transforming a stop-controlled T intersection with a safe system roundabout.

Fernside and Flaxton Road roundabout

Waimakiri District Council improved safety at the high risk intersection of Fernside and Flaxton Road by transforming a stop-controlled T intersection with a safe system roundabout.

Dyers Pass safety improvements

Waka Kotahi and Christchurch City Council have invested $7.25 million dollars to install 3km of side barrier and wider sealed shoulders at high-risk locations along Dyers Pass Road, a very popular motorcycling and cycling route, to improve safety.

Blakes and Shands Road intersection upgrade

Selwyn District Council has improved safety at the Blakes Road and Shands Road intersection by installing a dual lane rural roundabout to reduce the chances of a crash happening and slowing vehicle speeds if a crash was to occur. The new dual lane rural roundabout and upgraded road layout in Prebbleton is complete.

Springs and Marshs Road roundabout

To improve safety at this intersection Waka Kotahi and Selwyn District Council partnered together to deliver a dual lane rural roundabout. The $5 million-dollar safe system upgrade is due for completion soon.

Coach and Tiplady Road roundabout

In 2021, Waka Kotahi partnered with Timaru Council to workshop what safety improvements could be installed to reduce risk on the road. This resulted in the $2 million rural roundabout being installed.

Blackhead Road corridor intersection improvements

Blackhead Road in Dunedin is now safer thanks to the $1.635 million invested in safe system treatments to reduce risk at two intersections.