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Speed limit changes around Auckland Speed limit changes around Auckland

To make our roads safer, Auckland Transport (AT) has introduced a new bylaw to set new speed limits, including lower speed limits for approximately 10% of Auckland’s local roads.


Project status: Bylaw approved - implementation pending
Project zone: Region-wide


Project overview


Auckland Transport's safe speed programme.

Auckland has a serious problem with people being killed and being seriously injured on our roads. In 2017, 64 people were killed on the region’s roads (44% of which were speed related deaths) and 749 people were seriously injured. This represents a 78% increase in road deaths since 2014.

Speed Management graphic

One of the most effective ways of minimising road trauma involves reducing vehicle speeds. That’s because speed determines both the likelihood of a crash occurring and the severity of the outcome.

Therefore, we introduced the Speed Limits Bylaw to reduce the speed limits of more than 700km of road in areas which pose the greatest safety risk to people.

Roads we are reducing the speed limits of

Under the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019, we will to reduce the speed limits of some high-risk rural, urban and residential roads, as well as various town centres and the city centre. The changes would affect approximately 10% of the region’s local road network.

Search a list of all the roads that are included in the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019.

Why these roads have been selected

The roads have been selected based on a number of criteria, namely their risk of death or serious injury as well as those with large numbers of vulnerable road users like pedestrians. 90% of the roads we plan to reduce the speeds of are rural roads. The remaining are made up of the city centre, town centres and residential roads.

The criteria for speed reductions is dependent on the road type: 

Type of road Reason for speed reductions
Rural roads

Approximately 90% of the total area we are reducing the speeds of are rural roads.


They have been selected because they:

  • are either high-risk roads or close to high-risk roads.
  • have high crash rates, or are close to roads with high crash rates.
  • have speed limits which are unsuitable – they could be winding, hilly or have unsegregated lanes.
  • don’t have a centre median strip.

We are introducing safe and appropriate speeds across areas rather than individual roads.

Residential and urban roads

These roads have been selected because they have:

  • large numbers of vulnerable road users (people walking and cycling).
  • they’re often near schools, kindergartens and other community facilities.
  • AT research into speeds and risk factors.
  • concerns raised by the community.
Town centres and Auckland city centre

These areas have been selected because:

  • this is where the highest number of vulnerable road users are – that being people walking and cycling.
  • population increases mean more people are walking and cycling in these areas.
  • reducing speeds here has the greatest potential to reduce the chance of serious injuries and deaths occurring.

Some ‘self-explaining’ roads, or sections of roads, have been included. These are areas where the road conditions already cause drivers to travel at a lower speed – such as winding rural roads and traffic-calmed urban areas. Therefore, reducing the speed limit will make it easier for people who don’t know the roads as well to know what the appropriate speed is.

These speed limit changes form part of a wider road safety programme. The nominated roads have been prioritised based on a number of criteria. In the future, we may consider speed reductions for other roads around Auckland. 

Other initiatives we are working on to improve road safety

In addition to reviewing speed limits, we are implementing a comprehensive road safety programme that will complement lower speeds across Auckland, which includes:

The wider road safety programme is partly enabled by the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT).

Learn more about the rationale behind our speed management programme.

Timeline

After considering nearly 12,000 public submissions and reviewing technical reports, Auckland Transport’s board approved a bylaw on 22 October 2019 which will reduce speed limits on around 10% of Auckland’s urban and rural roads.
Due to the scale of the change with new road signage and traffic calming measures being installed, the Safe Speeds Bylaw will be introduced in a phased approach. The changes are likely to be implemented between mid-2020 and mid-2021.
Further information on the phasing of the changes will be provided by Auckland Transport as plans are finalised and confirmed.


What you need to know about the speed limit changes

To make our roads safer, Auckland Transport (AT) has introduced a new bylaw to set new speed limits, including lower speed limits for approximately 10% of Auckland’s local roads.

Learn more about what these changes mean for Auckland and when you can expect the new speed limits to be implemented.


Public consultation


We wanted you to let us know what you think about the new speed limits we are proposing to set (by bylaw) for roads under our control. The consultation period ran from 28 February until 31 March 2019 and 11,722 submissions were received. The feedback provided has been summarised in the documents below:

View the other documents submitted to the AT Board for consideration as part of this process (AT Board Report item 13.1).

We issued a Statement of Proposal which outlines the details of our proposal to introduce a speed limits bylaw.

Next steps 

Due to the scale of the change with new road signage and traffic calming measures being installed, the Safe Speeds Bylaw will be introduced in a phased approach. The changes are likely to be implemented between mid-2020 and mid-2021.

Further information on the phasing of the changes will be provided by Auckland Transport as plans are finalised and confirmed.


For more information on this project

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