AT is fast-tracking implementation of a speed management plan for Auckland and delivering an ambitious $700 million safety infrastructure acceleration programme estimated to reduce deaths and serious injuries by up to 18% over an initial three-year period and by up to 60% by 2028. It will deliver major, minor and mass-action safety engineering projects, including speed management at high-risk routes and locations across the network.
The safety programme is enabled by the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT), which contributes $210 million of the total $700 million capital expenditure.
- Other projects include the implementation of the residential speed management programme for Te Atatu South and Papakura (Rosehill area) for the current financial year.
- These improvements will slow vehicle speeds and involve the installation of speed calming measures like speed tables, humps and raised intersections.
- Consultation on these two projects will open October-November 2018.
- We are investigating and propose to deliver safety improvements on more than 600km of rural roads for safety treatments.
- We are developing designs for 13 town centres, five of which will be implemented in the current financial year.
- The five town centres are Orewa, Torbay, Mairangi Bay, St Heliers and Mission Bay.
- We are developing plans to implement 30km/h speed limits across Auckland City Centre (the area bound by the motorway exits and the harbour edge).
- This is an extension of the 30km/h speed zones already in place on Queen Street and Wynyard Quarter.
- Our proposed new speed limit bylaw, follows the legal process for changing speed limits as per Section 27.1 of the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017.
- We have set new urban traffic boundaries, which have considered existing and future growth. These urban boundaries will have a default speed of 50km/h and any exceptions will be recorded within the Schedule of Exceptions. Change in land use, factoring in future growth, has been taken into consideration to make the process of changing speed limits easier.
- A single stage speed management programme business case (being developed): It will set the strategic direction for the programme, highlight any risks and quantify the benefits.