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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits on State Highway 8 through Burkes Pass.

  • Project type

    Speed review

Project updates

What we have heard

We have talked to the community, the council, the local police, AA and local businesses about the speed limit in Burkes Pass. All support a reduction of the current 80km/h speed limit. Residents are concerned about the speed people are travelling at on this road and the risk this poses to pedestrians and other road users.

What we know

Burkes Pass is primarily rural residential with some commercial activities, a historic church and a public toilet. The township is a popular stopping location on SH8. There is a high volume of pedestrians crossing the road, and many park in the laybys and walk across the road. The road is on a curve which reduces sightlines for both pedestrians and drivers pulling onto the highway.

In the 10-year period between 2009 and 2018, there have been two crashes on the highway involved in the Burkes Pass speed review. One of these resulted in a person incurring a minor injury. The current operating speed in Burkes Pass is 74–83km/h.

What we’re proposing

Location Current speed limit (km/h) Proposed speed limit (km/h)
Existing 80km/h section to be reduced to 60km/h. This will be from 260m northeast of Rollesby Valley Road to 350m southwest of Rollesby Valley Road. 80 60

Speed review area

SH8 Burkes Pass speed review map

How speed reviews work

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


Community engagement