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SH73/SH75 Christchurch to Akaroa and SH74 Lyttelton speed review project update
24 March 2022

Picture of highway with view of Akaroa in the background

The highway to Akaroa is much-loved but it is also one of New Zealand's highest-risk roads


Kia ora

Thank you again for your feedback last year on the proposed speed limits.

We had planned to get back to you in the first part of 2022 with a decision, however we are unfortunately experiencing some unforeseen delays.

We are working to line up Waka Kotahi and Christchurch City Council legal processes to finalise our decision and we are experiencing contractor supply chain issues due to COVID-19, which is affecting programming.

At this stage we are hoping to let you know our decision around mid-May 2022.

In the meantime, we thank you for your on-going patience.


Picture of feedback gathering - Tai Tapu


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More information


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

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Click here for more information on the speed consultation process.

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: