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News and milestones are racking up with increasing frequency at the moment on the City Rail Link at the moment. This week they shared this video on progress on mining out the station at Karangahape Rd.
The recently named ‘Jean Batten’ roadheader has now just completed her first shift, 18-metres beneath the #linkalliance #crl #cityraillink #KarangahapeStation construction site at Mercury Lane..
Jean is currently making her way under Mercury Lane, where 16-metres of the 25-metre eastern adit (entrance) tunnel has been excavated. Once the adit tunnel is complete, she will then focus her attention on the 220-metre station platform.
The ‘spinning pineapple’ on the roadheader’s boom cuts the rock face while the apron beneath gathers the spoil and directs it through the back of the machine where it is picked up and taken out for disposal.
A second, larger roadheader machine is due to arrive onsite in early December.
#construction #engineering #infrastructureprojects #Rail #auckland #karangahape
Also they put out this video on the restoration of the Chief Post Office Building
Auckland Transport have been putting in a dynamic lane installation on Redoubt Rd in Manukau. This is similar to the one they installed on Whangaparaoa Rd. This week the overhead signals were switched on and from Monday they will go live.
It really does seem that without foreign drivers on our roads, New Zealanders poor standards of driving are really being shown up. Since we came out of lockdown 1 in June, every month (including June) has seen road deaths increase on what they were last year, with July and now October up significantly. October saw 32 deaths on our roads compared to 19 in October last year.
This means that on a 12-month rolling is now back to where it was in January but that includes the huge reduction we saw in April during lockdown.
As Auckland Transport (AT) continues its vital work to prevent deaths and serious injuries on Auckland’s roads, an interactive map has been released today showing the extent of the problem.
The map shows the locations of crashes on Auckland’s roads that resulted in deaths or serious injuries between 2014 and 2020.
Three years ago, Aucklanders were confronted with shocking statistics that showed road safety was a serious issue.
Death and serious injuries were trending upward between 2013 to 2017 and too many people were being killed or getting seriously injured on our roads.
The AT board accepted all recommendations of the Road Safety Business Improvement Review that the board commissioned. One of these recommendations was the need for clearer and more accessible information on the state of road safety in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Bryan Sherritt, AT’s executive general manager of safety, says that every indicator on the map is distressing and shows why AT needs to invest heavily in road safety.
“These aren’t just marks, these are all real people. These are all loved ones – parents, children, grandparents… All who needlessly died or were seriously injured on our roads.
“It’s simply unacceptable to us and we don’t take this lightly. We have released this new map to show that we have a lot of work to do to achieve our Vision Zero goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 2050.”
“The map will be regularly updated and is a heart-breaking reminder of where we need to put our focus. We have always had this information available, but now we have a detailed single source of information that will also help raise road safety awareness in the community,” Mr Sherritt says.
On this map deaths are shown in black and serious injuries in red.
It is however hard to take some of ATs claims about being serious about safety seriously when you consider this recent post by our friends at Bike Auckland. It highlights that it’s been nearly three years since John Bonner was killed riding home as he crossed Te Atatu Rd and AT still haven’t made any changes to the road, and this is with advocates pushing hard to get them to do something.
Every day I cross here, and every day I see other people trying to cross safely. People trying to cross to or from the bus stop, “sheltering” in the central median in the very spot where John Bonner was killed. There’s plenty of school children crossing, and parents with small children stuck in the pedestrian refuge as they try to negotiate 4 lanes of busy traffic to or from the park.
Local people had been calling for a proper crossing in this location for several years prior to the fatality. They were told a crossing wasn’t warranted because there were not enough people trying to cross. That’s like saying a bridge is not necessary because no one is trying to swim across the alligator-infested river.
John Bonner’s death affected several advocates precisely because of this – they wonder if they had pushed harder, would the crash have happened?
The same is happening now – we’re dreading another crash with ghastly consequences. If only we could convey the sense of urgency we feel to AT.
The spot where it happened is shown below.
The Herald’s defender of the inner suburb rule breakers and opponents to change, Bernard Orsman, has been at it again with a series of articles of residents complaining that AT are carrying out enforcement on people parking illegally.
The Automobile Association is lining up with angry residents in central Auckland over a crackdown by Auckland Transport on cars parked in the entrance to driveways.
AT has been issuing $40 fines after emailing permit holders at 14 residential parking zones to tell them that parking over driveways is an offence.
The Herald has received numerous complaints about the crackdown, including one woman in Freemans Bay who has been ticketed three times for parking in the entrance to her driveway in Franklin Rd.
Mark Stockdale, the AA’s principal adviser regulations, said it is unfair to ticket people when they are trying to do the right thing by using unused space to park.
He said photographs in the Herald showed houses without garages or parking on properties, and lots of space on wide berms.
“Why is that a problem if they can’t park on the street?” he said.
Stockdale said people should park on the street if there is space and it is a “no brainer” to fine people for parking over the footpath.
But, he said, people are trying to be courteous in getting their cars off the road, particularly in narrow streets, for rubbish trucks and emergency vehicles.
There are few things here. Firstly, people don’t own the space outside their property boundary, just like they don’t own the space on the street outside their house. Also Mark, people don’t have driveways if they don’t have “garages or parking on properties”
As noted, the areas AT seem to be looking at are those with residential parking zones. These are areas where AT are already bending over backwards to make life easier for residents by implementing residential parking zones to prevent anyone but residents from parking. Residents only need to pay $70 annually per vehicle to take advantage of this. A ridiculously cheap price to be able to effectively privatised public space – I believe there have even been some homeowners who have converted garages into additional rooms because it’s now so easy to park on the street.
While people may consider it ‘their driveway’, it’s common for drivers to block parts of the footpath in doing so.
The Herald even highlighted their own examples in their articles. How would a person in a wheelchair get around this?
Of course because it’s AT, they’ll now likely stop doing this and continuing their tradition of trying to keep drivers happy, something one of the residents raises
“This is totally unjustified by an organisation that needs some popularity votes,” Kember said.
One of the issues we have with AT is no matter what they do lots of people will be annoyed at them. They need to stop worrying about it and just do the right thing regardless. Perhaps they should also just remove the parking zones and install proper paid parking at market rates.
Another stage of the New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path Project was underway over Labour Weekend. Watch as one of NZ's largest mobile cranes installs an 18 tonne bridge on St Jude Street. It is now awaiting the connections either side and the finishing touches. pic.twitter.com/c8F1VWUElF
— Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) November 4, 2020
Pretty cool anamorphic street mural in Montreal. pic.twitter.com/aIMByj3uGc
— CJ Hamblin (@cjhamblin) November 4, 2020
The Lightpath will light up every evening until November 14th in celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Check out the vibrant hues of orange, yellow and fuchsia as you cycle through the night.
— Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) November 5, 2020