Safe Roads New Zealand

Helping to make New Zealand’s roads a whole lot safer

Most deaths and serious injuries on NZ’s rural state highways are caused by head-on collisions or drivers running off the road and hitting trees, poles or deep ditches.

The New Zealand government is investing $600m over 10 years, targeting the prevention of 900 deaths and serious injuries on high-risk rural state highways over a decade.

Safe Roads was established in 2016 to drive this initiative, bringing together the NZ Transport Agency with other parties, including Beca, to deliver a programme of safety improvements across the country.

As locals know their local roads best, Safe Roads works closely with communities and stakeholders to find solutions that best fit with how they use the road day-to-day, every day. The Alliance's philosophy is it’s ‘their road, not ours.’

The safety improvements will make these rural roads more forgiving of human error and reduce the chance of people dying or being seriously injured if they crash. Mistakes will still happen, but if these roads and roadsides can be made safer, more people might survive those crashes.

The Safe Roads safety improvements include roadside safety barriers, wide centrelines, improved road signs and markings, rumble strips, wider road shoulders, intersection upgrades, better signage and safe and appropriate speed limits.

1500km

Of safer rural state highways

$600m

Budget to upgrade highways

48+

Projects nationwide

Our team says

We are pleased to be part of Safe Roads. Together with our alliance partners NZ Transport Agency, BBO and NCC, we have the opportunity to support transformational change in the safety treatment of the NZ Transport Agency’s rural highway network.

Peter Burgess,

Delivery Lead, Safe Roads, and Senior Project Director, Beca

Our client says

The Alliance is making a real difference in reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on many of the country’s rural state highways. Our philosophy is mistakes will still happen, but if our roads and roadsides can be made safer, more of us might survive those crashes.

Tony Fisher,

Safe Roads Director and Senior Manager, Programme Management, NZ Transport Agency

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