High crash toll leads to plan for SH1 speed cut

Feedback is being sought on plans to cut the State Highway 1 speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h south of Warkworth to Puhoi and north of the town, from Kaipara Flats Road to Sheepworld.

The NZ Transport Agency says there have been a high number of crashes on the 15km stretch of road – between 2009 and 2018, there were 209 crashes, 13 people killed and 45 seriously injured.

Director of Regional Relationships Steve Mutton says more than 23,000 vehicles travel the route each day, with vehicle numbers increasing.

“Along with the devastating effect on families and communities, crashes on this route can cause extensive delays and long detours if there are road closures,” says Mr Mutton.

“We want to make the roads safer for everyone who uses them. We are doing this through a range of safety treatments between Warkworth and Wellsford, but we can also make this stretch of road safer by ensuring we have appropriate and safe speeds.”

He says the proposed changes would have a minimal impact on journey times, with average travel times increasing by just over 10 seconds along the 15km stretch of highway.

Local feedback on the proposals will be used to decide and recommend the best speed limit, after which there will be more formal consultation.

Feedback must be submitted online at nzta.govt.nz/auckland-speed-reviews by midnight on Monday, October 28.