New permanent speed limits will be implemented on 29 October 2021
Between 2010 and 2019, five people were killed and 28 seriously injured on SH51 between Marine Parade and Waipatu.
Waka Kotahi is committed to creating a safe transport system so that we can achieve our vision of an Aotearoa where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads. Tackling unsafe speeds is key to helping us achieve this vision.
The new speed limits are the safe and appropriate speeds for this road and are in line with speeds that people currently travel at on the road.
Fewer serious crashes will also mean fewer closures, which will increase the reliability of this important route
Decisions on what the safer new speed limits will be were based on the technical assessment of the road, which considers things like crash history, road environment and speeds that people generally travel at, as well as feedback received during the consultation from the general public and stakeholders.
We did not propose a speed limit reduction for the section of SH51 between St Georges Road and Ruahapia or extend the 60km section from Kenilworth Road further to include the Bay Espresso, due to the SH51 Waipatu Marae safety improvement project.
This project is changing the road layout along this section of road, with widening and a flush median being installed. These safety improvements will enable safer turning and vehicle separation through this area.
The consultation for the SH51 speed limit review was combined with the consultation and engagement of the State Highway 5 (SH5) speed review.
Waka Kotahi received a total of 455 individual submissions on SH51 speed limits during the consultation period. 192 of these are general comments that go across both SH51 and SH5.
We thank everyone who provided their feedback on the proposed speed limits, as well as the councils, Police, the AA and Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand.
More information and FAQs on the permanent speed limits and our consultation summary, including the submissions can be found here.
A decision was made to complete the speed review for SH51 first as there was a smaller number of submissions and consequently less time was required to work through these than for the SH5 review.
Waka Kotahi will announce the decision for SH5 speeds once the review and technical analysis of the road is complete. This is expected by the end of the year.