Staying on track during railway closures

This is a guest post by accessibility and sustainable transport advocate Tim Adriaansen. Recently I shared a LinkedIn post describing how Auckland’s rail shutdown omnishambles could leave a superb legacy—if Auckland Transport rises to the occasion. There’s a silver lining to the rail network rebuild which boils down to two things: It provides a mandate for bold and decisive transport planning decisions; It’s a practical test of Auckland Transport’s Executive Leadership Team and their ability to respond to a crisis If we were to make the best of a bad thing, here is how I’d like to think it might play out.…
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A map of Auckland’s Frequent Transit Network in 2025

This is a repost that was first published by Nicolas Reid on his Linked In page. Ten years ago while working on Auckland Transport’s New Network I sketched out a public transport network map for Auckland. This was intended as a tool to help communicate the differences and benefits of the new integrated bus network that we had just designed around a new connective service model.…
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Neighbourhoods: the missing ingredient

This is a guest post by reader Grady Connell. It was originally published on Today FM. This is a story about the missing ingredient from both a cookie recipe… and newer housing developments. After listening to Tova O’Brien’s interview about how walkable your neighbourhood is and completing a recent ride around Pukekohe’s newer neighbourhoods, it made me realise there’s a missing ingredient.…
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Here, have some hardcore fantasising

This is a guest post by commentator-about-town David Slack, who has kindly liberated it from his excellent Substack newsletter for the greater benefit of Greater Auckland readers.  God, but I love a train. Imagine being in Vienna last week, with all the travel writers and railway buffs invited there to see a new generation of night trains for Europe.…
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