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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into a proposal for a variable speed limit outside the Kaukapakapa School on State Highway 16 (SH16).

  • Project type

    Speed review
  • Project status


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What we know

Roads outside schools are perceived as dangerous for children. At the time when children are arriving at or leaving school and crossing the road, there can be high volumes of traffic, turning vehicles, parked vehicles reducing visibility, and vehicle speeds that often appear too high.

Kaukapakapa School is located on Auckland’s State Highway 16, on the outskirts of Kaukapakapa Village, with a roll of around 300 students from year 1 to year 8. Nearly 5000 vehicles, including trucks, pass the school each day.

The variable speed limit will provide a safer road environment outside the school and help encourage safe and active travel to school.

What we’re proposing

We are proposing a variable speed limit that will lower the speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h during peak school traffic times.

We will put two electronic signs on the road outside Kaukapakapa School to create a variable speed zone approximately 350m long.

  • Variable speed limits are an enforceable speed limit.
  • The school zone speed limit will operate from 35 minutes before school until the start of school, and from five minutes before school ends until 20 minutes after school ends. It may also operate for 10 minutes at any other time when there is school-related activity.
  • When the Kaukapakapa School variable speed limit is active the proposed speed limit is 40km/h and will be displayed on the electronic sign. At all other times, when the sign is blank, the speed limit is 50km/h.

As the reduced speed limit will operate only on school days (around 200 days each year), and only during peak school traffic times, any impact on your journey time will be minimal.

Community consultation

Formal consultation on new speed limit proposals is required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limit (2017).

During February and March 2020, we asked the public for feedback on this proposal. We’ll use the feedback provided to recommend what speed limits are best for these roads.

Consultation has now closed. A decision on the safe and appropriate speeds will be published on our website in due course.

How speed reviews work

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