Kiwirail’s de-electrification decision questioned again

This is a guest post from Dr Roger Blakeley, former Secretary for the Environment; Bob Norman, former Commissioner of Works; Alex Gray, professional civil engineer and Senior Project Manager; and Keith Flinders, Electrical Services Consultant. On 10 May 2018, Radio NZ reported that, in a briefing to Ministers on 21 March 2018, KiwiRail said that it had received no direction from the Government to cease the de-electrification programme on the NIMT and is continuing its work to decommission the electric locomotives fleet by 31 March 2019.…
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How to bring Hobsonville into Auckland

This is a guest post from Brendon Harre. It first appeared here. Hobsonville Point has been a great commercial success. It demonstrates that Aucklanders will eagerly choose higher density living if it is master planned to a good quality. The challenge for Auckland is in replicating that success for its existing suburbs that were originally designed for low density autocentric living.…
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Fix Our City

This is a guest post from Leroy Beckett of Generation Zero Every three years Auckland Council consult on their plan for the next 10 years. It covers everything from the transport budget to targeted rates and goals for our environment. That consultation is currently underway.…
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Postcard from Sydney: March Madness

This is a guest post from reader Nik With the start of the academic year in both secondary and tertiary institutions along with everyone having settled back into work, March has traditionally been the time of the year when Public Transport is strained the most, as is often talked about within the blog.…
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