Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

SH3 Napier Road speed review and infrastructure improvements

6 April 2022


Have your say on proposed new safer speeds

SH3 Napier Road, between Palmerston North and Ashhurst



Between 2011-2020, three people died and 80 were injured in crashes on SH3 Napier Rd

Kia ora

You may be aware we’re reviewing speeds along State Highway 3 between Palmerston North and Ashhurst. This route has recently undergone significant change, with growth in traffic and more development, which means we need to make it safer for everyone who uses it.

During February and March we asked people to tell us what they thought about the current speed limits along this route. We held a community drop-in session and invited people to give feedback online.

We received more than 200 pieces of feedback, with lots of valuable information, and spoke with people about speeds and safety. Thank you to everyone who shared their views.

If you would like to read our Engagement Summary report, outlining what we did, who we spoke to and what we heard, you can find it on our website here



Community drop-in event on 7 March this year, Kelvin Grove Community Centre


We have now considered all the feedback from engagement alongside our technical assessment of the road and are formally consulting on proposed new speed limits along this route.

We want to know if there is anything else we should consider before we make a decision.

Full details of the proposed safer speeds, and information you should know, is available on our website here.



Map showing proposed new speeds along SH3 Napier Road



Have your say

Make a submission on the proposed new safer speeds for SH3 Napier Road:



More information


Formal consultation on new speed limit proposals is required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits (2017).

For more information on the SH3 Napier Road speed review and infrastructure improvements, contact us at pn2ashhurst@nzta.govt.nz

Visit our website www.nzta.govt.nz/pn2ashhurst

For more information on the speed consultation process go to: www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/what-waka-kotahi-is-doing/nz-road-safety-strategy/speed-and-infrastructure/speed-management/deciding-speed-limits

You can find out more about how we are working with the NZ Police, Ministry of Transport, local government, WorkSafe and others to deliver Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy here: www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/nz-road-safety-strategy