More on Kiwi Rail De-electrification

*This is a guest post by Roger Blakeley, Bob Norman, Alex Gray and Keith Flinders. Dr Roger Blakeley, former Secretary for the Environment; Bob Norman, former Commissioner of Works; Alex Gray, professional civil engineer and Senior Project Manager; Keith Flinders, Electrical Services Consultant KIWIRAIL’S NIMT DECISION EXPOSED IN LEAKED DOCUMENTS Roger Blakeley, Bob Norman, Alex Gray and Keith Flinders Leaked documents show that KiwiRail’s decision in December 2016, to replace electric locomotives on the electrified section of the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) with diesel locomotives, was based on flawed logic and justified by misleading information.…
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Submit to save Takapuna’s new urban area

This is a Guest Post from Generation Zero Auckland Director Leroy BeckettThere is an urgent opportunity to quickly feedback on a new Council-lead proposal in Takapuna on the North Shore- whether to build a sustainable new example of “ urban density done well’ OR (as some angry locals want) retain a wasteland of a car park.…
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City Centre Masterplan workshop

This is a guest post from Generation Zero Auckland Director Leroy Beckett At Generation Zero we are always looking for ways to improve our cities. Earlier this year we ran a campaign to help save Linear Park that got an overwhelming amount of support, in large part thanks to the work of Greater Auckland.…
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Wynyard Quarter transport troubles – Part 1

This is a guest post from reader Shan L. For somewhere so close to the very centre of the city, Wynyard Quarter can sometimes feel surprisingly disconnected – especially if you travel by public transport. In this two-part post I’m going to look at what it’s like to travel to this rapidly growing part of the city from part of the central and southern isthmus: namely the areas serviced by the Dominion and Mt Eden Rd bus lines.…
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The Ranui Bus and Train Timetable in 1992

This is a Guest Post from Darren Davis, who works in the Council’s Design Office. All opinions are his own. Auckland’s New Network West is being implemented on Sunday, 11th of June. This constitutes the most significant single improvement to West Auckland’s bus network in living memory, putting aside the fact that the planned Northwestern Busway will undoubtedly be the next big step change.…
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Kapiti Expressway stage one: Review

This is a guest post by architect and our occassional Wellington correspondent Guy Marriage The first section of the Kapiti Expressway opened on 24 February, at 4am, with little fanfare. As an immediate response to this implicit request, that induced me to make some more traffic by driving up and down the new road, just to see what it is like.…
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