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Project introduction

We’re seeking feedback from communities about safe and appropriate speeds for the townships between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs. We’ll use the feedback provided to recommend what speed limits are best for this road and then formally consult with you.

  • Estimated project dates

    Nov 2019–Dec 2019
  • Project type

    Speed review

Project updates

SH35: Have your say by 6 December
SH35 speed consultation feedback form
Public consultation,
SH35 have your say information sheet
Factsheets, (PDF)

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What we know

We want to make your roads safer for everyone who uses them. We’ve heard from communities on SH35 between Te Puia Springs and Gisborne that speeds feel too high to be safe, so we’re reviewing the current speed limits to make sure they are right and safe for the road.

SH35 has been selected for speed review as the corridor is in the country’s top 10 percent for deaths and serious injuries (DSI’s) that could be prevented through lower speeds.

Between 2009 and July 2019, nine people have died and 46 people have been seriously injured on the road between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs. Based on what we know, including technical assessments of safe and appropriate speeds, we’re proposing changes to speed limits so they’re safe and right for the road.

Before we make that decision, we want to hear from you.

What we’re proposing

Based on what we know, we think the following would be safer speeds on this section of road:

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
Tamarau 70km/h to 80km/h 60km/h
From 40m north-west of Coldstream Road (existing speed change point) to 60m south-east of Wheatstone Road.
Okitu 70km/h 60km/h
From 100m south-west of Wairere Road to 350m north of Sirrah Street (both existing speed limit change points).
Makorori to Pouawa 100km/h 80km/h
From 350m north of Sirrah Street to 400m south of Pouawa Bridge (existing speed limit change point).
Turihaua and Pouawa Beaches (seasonal) 70km/h 60km/h
From 600m south of Turihaua Bridge to 400m south of Pouawa Bridge (existing speed limit change points). This seasonal speed limit is from 20 December to 1 February (existing seasonal timeframe).
Te Puia Springs township 70km/h 60km/h
From 20m south-west of Cemetery Road to 80m north of Waipiro Road (both existing speed limit changes).

Reducing the speed limits as proposed at these locations will increase travel times by only 80 to 110 seconds if driving from Te Puia Springs to Gisborne and depending on the time of year (holiday speed limit through Pouawa is in place from 20 December to 1 February each summer).

Project area map

Graphic illustration map of the speed review consultation area

How speed reviews work