In addition to the consultation on New North Rd, this week Auckland Transport have also kicked off consultation for the next round of speed limit changes.
This is the third round of speed limit changes AT have consulted on following the first in 2019, which was implemented in 2020, and the second round consulted on late last year and that AT are still working through the responses of. In terms of the total number of roads impacted it is by far the biggest of them, with more roads included in this consultation than the first two phases combined. Yet despite the size, all three phases combined add up to less than 40% of all roads in Auckland so there’s still a long way to go with this programme.
Auckland Transport (AT) urges the public to have its say – on the third phase of proposed safe speed limits for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
In line with AT’s Vision Zero goals, the project sets out to reduce speeds on approximately 1,646 roads in Auckland – 19 per cent of the AT road network – and includes residential areas, high-risk rural areas and roads near marae.
Schools also feature prominently in the proposal, with 980 roads near 82 schools identified for speed reductions.
There are also 30km/h speed limit proposals for the Devonport, Takapuna and Glen Innes town centres.
Shane Ellison, AT’s Chief Executive, urges people to think about their whānau out on the road every day; as we move into public engagement today for the third phase of the safe speeds programme.
“Too many people are dying on our roads and we simply must do everything we can to keep them safe. Our tamariki are so vulnerable outside schools – so it’s really important for us all that schools featured heavily in this proposal.”
“We have recently seen really promising results come in from our previous speed limit reductions in 2020 – showing fewer people are dying on roads where speed limits were lowered, but we have so much more to do.”
The five-week public consultation is open from today and features 16 online webinars.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no in-person community drop-in sessions. However, there are multiple channels for the public to engage with Auckland Transport and the project team around the proposals.
The public hearings process has also shifted to an online platform, with public hearings set for April 7.
In 2020, safe and appropriate speed limits were introduced on more than 600 roads across Auckland. This included our city centre, high-risk rural roads, residential areas and the town centres of Ōtāhuhu, Orewa, Mairangi Bay and Torbay.
The second consultation phase of proposed safe speed limits (consulted on from September – November 2021) was a mix of roads near schools and town centres, as well as urban, residential and rural roads. The public summary report from this consultation will be available from late March/early April.
A high-level summary of where the changes are proposed is below
Around schools: Approximately 980 roads 82 schools around Auckland.
Rural roads: There are 415 rural roads, including areas such as: Waiheke Island, Āwhitu Peninsula, Waitākere, Okura, Stillwater, Waiwera, Whenuapai.
AT proposes changing 90% of Waiheke Island roads. Watch video on Waiheke Island safe speeds.
Town centre roads: Speed reductions in Glen Innes, Devonport and Takapuna town centres. Learn more about proposed speed limits in town centres.
Residential roads: Approximately 58 roads in the Manurewa Coxhead Quadrant.
Community requests: Approximately 41 roads, mostly, in Ponsonby and Rodney.
Rural marae: 18 roads near 8 rural marae.
But for more detailed info, the online and interactive map.
It would be useful on these maps if AT also included the the roads that have previously been consulted on and implemented.
These speed limit changes can’t come fast enough with around 58 deaths on Auckland roads over the last 12 months.
The consultation on the changes is open till 3 April. There are also an number of Webinar’s for different areas being consulted on – see the AT page for more details.