What’s this about?
We are proposing changes to speed limits on roads in the Kaeo, Waipapa, Waimate North and Okaihau area as part of a rolling review of speed limits in the District. We are also proposing variable school speed zones for Springbank School in Kerikeri and Te Rangi Aniwaniwa in Kaitaia. We will propose new speed limits for other roads and schools in the district over the next 12 months.
Why are we doing this?
There were 7,409 reported crashes in Northland between 2014 and 2018. Speed was a factor in 20% of these crashes and a factor in 30% of 733 death and serious injury crashes. Communities are asking us to reduce speed limits. We are also required to review all speed limits in the District under the Government’s Safer Journeys Strategy.
Speed limits on many of our roads were set when limits were restricted to 50 km/h in urban areas, 100 km/h in most other places and 70 km/h on a few semi-urban roads. As a result, our speed limits do not always match the road environment.
In some cases, we have 100 km/h speed limits on narrow, unsealed roads with one-lane bridges and poor visibility on corners. Our district has also grown and traffic volumes have changed.
What are the options?
We can set speed limits of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 100 km/h, so these better match the road environment. Factors we have considered in proposing new speed limits include whether the road is sealed, its primary use and traffic volumes. Matching the speed limit with the road environment results in safer, more appropriate and predictable speeds and travel times.