Weekly Roundup 28-Jan-2022

Nearly the end of January but it’s definitely still summer. We hope our readers have slipped in a few cheeky middle-of-the-work-day swims this week. *** Disclaimer in case an announcement about a certain rapid transit project happens to come out on Friday: this post was written Thursday evening and is therefore unable to comment!…
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A Safer Course

Image Credit: Boating Safety Mag  Waka Kotahi CEO Nicole Rosie recently penned an article on Stuff, about the tragedy of our road safety crisis, in which she reminded us that safety needs to be approached from several angles. She made the excellent point: why isn’t this massive public health issue in the spotlight throughout the year, not just during the holidays or after a “bad weekend” or a high-profile crash?…
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Penlink Tolling Consultation

Waka Kotahi have kicked off consultation this week on a proposal to toll Penlink the $830 million, 7km new road between SH1 at Dairy Flat and Whangaparaoa. Waka Kotahi is asking for public feedback from next Monday (17 January) about a proposal to toll Penlink, the new transport connection in north Auckland being built to support people living and working in Silverdale, Whangaparāoa and the Hibiscus Coast.…
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Lifting Vision Zero from footnote to top of mind

Once upon a time in November 2021, Auckland Transport asked for feedback on a proposal to add parking time-limits at some corner shops on Grenada Avenue in Forrest Hill. At the bottom of the project page was a familiar bit of language about Vision Zero: This is a common footer on AT’s webpages and emails; a steady drumbeat reminding us that safety is literally the bottom line for all operations.…
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Turning the Waka Around

HMNZS Taranaki, Otago, Waikato, Canterbury Credit: National Museum of the NZ Navy  This year should see a lot of changes at Waka Kotahi. At the end of May, the Ministry for the Environment intends to publish its Emissions Reductions Plan (ERP), which will lay out the policies and strategies for meeting the first emissions budget.…
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2022 Rail Shutdown Nearly Over

We’re now in the final week of Kiwirail’s massive summer rail shutdown and from today some trains are back on the tracks. Kiwirail’s Acting Chief Executive David Gordon says this Christmas closure has been the most ambitious they’ve ever undertaken and: “It is the single biggest mobilisation of resources for a temporary closure with 1100 people working day and night on the network to make it more resilient and reliable, and to advance some major infrastructure projects which are proceeding thanks to Government investment through the NZ Upgrade Programme.…
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