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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is inviting public feedback on speed limits on sections of State Highway 45, State Highway 44, State Highway 3 and State Highway 3A in Taranaki.

Waka Kotahi would also like to hear community views on potential infrastructure changes aimed at improving safety on SH3 between New Plymouth and Egmont Village.

“Local people know their roads best so, before we decide on any changes, we’d like to gather as much feedback as we can,” says Director Regional Relationships Linda Stewart.

Waka Kotahi would like locals to share their thoughts on speed limits on the following sections of state highway in Taranaki.

  • Surf Highway SH45 New Plymouth to Hāwera
  • New Plymouth urban – SH44, SH45 and SH3
  • SH3 New Plymouth to Egmont Village
  • SH3 Egmont Village to Hāwera and SH3A

“We’re not proposing any new speed limits at this stage of the review. The feedback we receive will need to be considered alongside a technical assessment for the project. This information will then be used to identify any proposed speed limit changes, which we would then formally consult on with the community,” says Ms Stewart.

In addition, the public is invited to provide feedback on proposed SH3 New Plymouth to Egmont Village safety improvements, which include 8.35km of median barrier along the centre of the road, roundabouts at Mangorei and Kent roads, two other safe turning opportunities and removing right turns out of Junction Road.

The proposed improvements between New Plymouth and Egmont Village are part of a wider review of safety on SH3 from New Plymouth to Hāwera and SH3A. A feasibility study for safety improvements along these sections of highway is currently underway.

The engagement period will run from Monday 15 November to Monday 13 December 2021, through the Waka Kotahi website and a series of drop-in sessions.

“The review of speed limits and proposed infrastructure improvements are part of the New Zealand Road Safety Strategy, Road to Zero 2020–2030, which aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 40% by 2030,” says Ms Stewart.

Speed review drop-in sessions

Speed review and New Plymouth to Egmont Village infrastructure improvements drop-in sessions

Saturday 27 November
Ōakura Four Square
1129 South Road
1pm – 3pm

Wednesday 1 December
Puke Ariki Library
11 Ariki Street, New Plymouth
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday 30 November
Stratford District Library and
Visitor Info Centre
Prospero Place
3pm – 5pm

Monday 6 December
Mangorei School
502 Mangorei Road,
Highlands Park, New Plymouth
3pm – 7pm

Thursday 2 December
Hāwera Library Plus
46 High Street
3pm – 5pm

Tuesday 7 December
Egmont Village Community Centre
1299 Egmont Road, Egmont Village
4pm – 7pm

Those unable to attend a drop-in session can provide their views online at:

Taranaki speed reviews – SH45, SH44, SH3 and SH3A speed reviews

New Plymouth to Egmont Village proposed safety improvements

People are also able to join one of two Zoom sessions on the speed reviews. These will run from 6pm – 7pm on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 November 2021. To register, please email