CFN2: Making the most of the rail network

Some people have been a bit surprised that our Congestion Free Network does not expand our existing heavy rail network to a greater extent, particularly given the significant investment currently under way in the City Rail Link. I covered off that issue to some extent a few weeks ago by highlighting that CRL does not have unlimited capacity – one of the reasons we propose complementing the heavy rail network with a new, light-rail, network.…
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Auckland in 1956

It’s always fascinating looking back at old some of the old videos of Auckland. Thanks to Shard in the comments the other day for highlighting this video which I hadn’t seen before. REPORT ON AUCKLAND: A report on the attractions and developments in Auckland.…
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New Board directors for Auckland Transport

On Friday the council finally announced three new board directors for Auckland Transport in a process that was delayed significantly due to the local body elections last year. Former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen, Mary-Jane Daly and Kylie Clegg have been appointed to the board of the Auckland Council-controlled organisation Auckland Transport (AT).…
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Ferry trade-offs

On a post about Auckland’s planned rapid transit network a while ago, one reader asked the question of why we don’t plan more ferry services: We have a nice big harbour with good access from the North Shore and East Auckland.…
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Sunday reading 23 April 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. I apologise for the continued hiatus in general blogging – unfortunately it’s likely to continue through at least part of May. (Deadlines and exams…) One of the fundamental questions of the 21st century economy is why the demand for agglomeration and physical presence has strengthened even as telecommunications have become cheaper.…
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