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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input on its proposal to set a permanent new speed limit on SH1 Moerewa to Kawakawa.

  • Project type

    Speed review

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We want to make our roads safer for everyone who uses them. On some roads we’re doing this with safety improvements, but on SH1 the best thing we can do to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured is reduce speed limits, so they are safe and right for the road.

To help us fully understand the issues on the road we have asked the community to give us their views on speed on this road.

During July 2019, we asked the public for feedback on current and proposed speed limits on SH1 Moerewa to Kawakawa. We read all the feedback and used these insights along with our technical analysis of what is the safe and appropriate speed for this road.

We undertook formal consultation in November and December 2019. Consultation has now closed and we thank everyone who provided feedback. A decision on the safe and appropriate speeds will be published on our website in due course.

Read more about the community engagement

What we know

We have talked to the community, council, the local police, road user groups and local businesses about the current speed limits between Moerewa and Kawakawa and they have raised concerns that the current speeds feel too high to be safe.

People felt lower speeds were justified between Moerewa and Kawakawa.

People supported a lower speed in Moerewa village and felt this area is especially unsafe for people walking or on bikes.

There have been 43 crashes on this stretch of road in the last 10 years (2009 - 2018) resulting in two people being killed, six seriously injured.

There will be an extra 18 seconds added to the current travel time between Moerewa and Kawakawa if the proposed speeds are put in place.

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit Current average speed
From Leaity St to 330m east of Sir William Hale Crescent east, Moerewa 70km/h 50km/h 65–69km/h
120m east of Taumatamakuku Settlement Rd East to 160m north of Station Rd, Kawakawa 100km/h 80km/h 75–79km/h
moerewa to kawakawa speed review map

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.


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