Liveable Streets

I have been doing a fair bit of observation around Central Auckland (in particular) over the last few weeks, trying to work out what particularly works and what particularly doesn’t work. The first outcome of this observation was my cry for Queen Street bus lanes in a post a week and a half ago.…
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Waterview Connection now too Expensive?

Well there has been a very interesting/horrifying (depending on your point of view) report that has come out today on the Waterview Connection, which points towards the cost of the tunnels being $2.77 billion rather than the $1.89 billion estimated a year or so back when the tunnel was first decided upon as the best option.…
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ALPURT B2

I had a great weekend up north at Mangawhai Heads. There was of course the huge advantage that the weather was utterly fantastic, so we were able to spend a fairly decent chunk of the time on the beach. I hadn’t been to Mangawhai Heads for quite a few months – fairly typical for me in many ways actually – but it was good to get there and have a fun weekend.…
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Queen Street Bus Lanes

It took me a little while to notice, but there has been a significant if subtle change to the way Queen Street – Auckland’s main street – functions for the last few weeks. It all comes down to traffic light phasing actually, with the phasing of the lights at the corner of Queen Street and Victoria Street (and also on the corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street I think) being adjusted to favour the pedestrians more and the cars less.…
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Re-Opening the Rail System

As a few of my recent posts have shown, a significant amount of work has gone on throughout Auckland’s railway system over the last few weeks. Yesterday the Southern and Western Lines reopened for the first time since Christmas, with trains operating once again throughout the whole network.…
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Super City

A big piece of news in the last week has been news that the Royal Commission into examining Auckland’s local government structure is likely to recommend that a ‘super-city’ be established that amalgamates all the current City and District councils together into one entity.…
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The Britomart Problem

I spent about half an hour writing this post last night before my computer decided it wanted to eat it. But I’ll give it another go – perhaps it will turn out better second time around. Who knows. Anyway, this post is about the Britomart Transport Centre, the hub of Auckland’s rail system.…
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Avondale Rail Upgrade

At the moment there is some serious work going on to improve Auckland’s rail network. Over the quiet January period large chunks of the network are being closed down so that crews can work around the clock to get as much done as possible on key projects.…
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Wellington’s Public Transport – what Auckland can learn

Well I was only in Wellington for a couple of days, but even during that time I found myself rather impressed by their public transport system, which in many ways put Auckland’s to shame. And that was even without me catching a suburban train along any of their lines (Wellington’s train service is vastly superior to Auckland’s, and carries about 40% more passengers a year even though Wellington is barely a third the size of Auckland).…
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