Today is the latest Auckland Transport board meeting and as I do, I’ve been through the board papers to find the interesting bits.
There’s quite a bit in the closed session this meeting. Some of the items for decision/approval include:
- Matakana Link Road – Presumably this is AT staff asking the board to approve a 50km/h urban road that’s more expensive per km than most motorway projects.
- ETCS – For those unfamiliar with the term, this is the signalling system used on our rail network. It is unclear what this item on the list will specifically refer to though
- Speed Management Update – Hopefully this will see something finally being done to address Auckland and AT’s woeful record on safety.
- Revised Train Plan After Opening of CRL – There have been various versions floating around of how trains will run once the CRL is complete but at a high-level, this seems to be the preferred option. There would be extra peak services layered on top of this, some of those western line trains would need to terminate at Newmarket and the purple line would be three trains per hour. Presumably AT are looking to change this. Ideally they’d drop the infrequent and wasteful purple line and put that resource into higher frequencies on the main lines.
- National Ticketing Programme Update – This was on the last agenda too and relates to a new nationwide ticketing system that is eventually meant to replace HOP
- CRL Project – I wonder what decisions AT will be making over the CRL?
These are just the items from the report that stood out that we haven’t covered before. They’re in the order they appear in the report.
Over the last weekend ATs HOP website was upgraded. The report notes this was to upgrade the capacity of the system as usage had outstripped original forecasts.
I’ve included the full text below
Pedestrian Analytics is an area of interest for both Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. To build capability in this field, a Proof of Concept was initiated to count pedestrians at the Customs Street – Queen Street intersection. In this test scenario, it will count pedestrians coming from the top right corner of the camera view to the bottom left corner.
Meanwhile, detection of stationary vehicles on the Quay Street cycleway is being developed. It will allow detection of vehicles stopped in the cycleway and alert the operators. The Parking Enforcement team will then be able to analyse the data for infringement purposes.
A total of 676 CCTV analogue cameras across 55 sites in the Rail and Bus network have been replaced over the past six months. The bus network is now complete. The rail network CCTV replacement is 95% complete, with 21 cameras remaining at 2 locations (i.e. rail overhead power isolation is required to safely replace the cameras) – this work is scheduled to take place over Queen’s Birthday weekend (the first weekend in June). Disposal of the end-of-life analogue cameras and equipment commenced in May. The Camera Record Database is being updated in conjunction with a project to make the records usable by support and maintenance teams
Northern Busway Extension
The consenting design for the Rosedale busway station is likely to be finished in July with consent being sought in October.
Train users may have noticed the new path from the citybound platform to Nichols Lane taking shape. It is due for completion in June. Work has also been going on to complete the platforms and that is due to finish in July. Gates will be installed at the station.
AT have had three appeals against the consent for the Panmure to Pakuranga section of the Eastern Busway and say a hearing is due for July 16. They’re also progressing with the design and consenting parts of the process and say construction is due to start in early 2019.
They also say they’re working on the remaining sections through to Botany they’re targeting lodging consent for the Botany interchange aspect in mid-2019.
AT say they and the NZTA have developed a terms of reference for a network optimisation project focused on improving the movement of people and goods. They say the project will include place as a key consideration which is good. It will be interesting to see what comes out of it.
Along with releasing the damning report on safety, below is a list of things AT say they’re doing to improve things. I assume the first one relates to the item in the closed session.
- New Speed Management Plan tasks are underway, including expanding the scope of investigation work to do more in a shorter time. A board paper is being prepared to outline the planned programme and highlight risks.
- Discussions underway with Ministry of Transport (MoT), the NZ Transport Agency and New Zealand Police regarding legislative changes requires for setting of speed limits and options for safety camera enforcement.
- Tenders for the Road Safety Programme Business Case request for proposal have been received and are currently being evaluated
- Road Safety Summit was held on 9 April and included discussions around walking and cycling, speed management, funding and rule changes, design, technology and managing community resistance to change. A new National Road Safety Strategy is being developed and is due for finalising in late 2019. AT will be consulted on this.
- Tamaki Makaurau Road Safety Auckland partnership planning continued.
Whangaparaoa Road Dynamic Lane
AT say the early indications from the PM peak use of dynamic lanes on Whangaparoa Rd are 1½ to 4½ minutes per vehicle. I wonder how much that eats into the expected befits of Penlink?
There’s plenty more in the report, anything you’ve noticed?