NZTA says the focus on making safer roads for all is evident in the current programme of works for Northland and into Auckland, such as the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.
Speed limit reductions could be on the cards for the region’s two State Highways as a result of a review being carried out by the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) in Northland and Rodney this year.
Over the next couple of months, NZTA will be organising community information sessions to get feedback from local people on State Highway 1, from Warkworth to Whangarei, and State Highway 16, from Wellsford to Waimauku.
NZTA director of regional relationships Steve Mutton says he wants drivers and residents to share their concerns and local knowledge, and for everyone who uses the state highways or lives nearby to tell NZTA what they think.
“Communities have an important role to play in contributing to discussions about making their roads safer, and we encourage people to give us their feedback. This helps us decide if we have safe speeds on our roads, if a change is required to better reflect how a community uses their roads, where new speed limits could begin or end, and if any other safety improvements might be needed,” he says.
“It also helps us gather more information about how the network is used. We’re not just looking at how fast we’re driving to get from A to B, it’s about how we use a highway as part of our daily life.”
He says NZTA’s speed management programme aims to identify roads where safer speed limits will result in the greatest reduction in deaths and serious injuries as quickly as possible, and where communities have been calling for change.
“Speed is the single biggest factor that determines if someone survives a crash or walks away unharmed,” Mr Mutton says. “By working to deliver a safe system, we’re protecting people by acknowledging that even responsible people can make mistakes on our roads, but that these mistakes should not cost us our lives.
“Ensuring we have the right speed for each unique part of our state highway network is key to saving lives and working towards our vision of a New Zealand where no-one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.”
He says the focus on making safer roads for all is evident in the current programme of works for Northland and into Auckland, such as the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway and the $67 million safety improvement project in the Dome Valley.
NZTA will give more details of community speed review information sessions in the next couple of months. Once feedback from those has been considered, formal consultation about any proposed speed limit changes will follow.