Solved: The mystery of the Wellsford-Whangarei business case

Exactly a month ago, the National Party announced the biggest element of their transport policy for this election, $10.5 billion on 10 new Roads of National Significance. These are:Wellsford to Whangarei East West Link in Auckland Cambridge to Tirau Piarere to the foot of the Kaimai Range Tauranga to Katikati Napier to Hastings Manawatu Gorge Levin to Sanson Christchurch Northern Motorway Christchurch to AshburtonAs we pointed out at the time, these appear to be a great lesson in diminishing returns, with some of the state highways due to be supersized having fewer than 10,000 vehicles per day use them.…
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PT Ridership around New Zealand

Auckland had a pretty good year for public transport ridership in the last financial year (to the end of June). Overall, compared to the 2016 ridership increased by 5.5 million (7%) to 88.44 million trips, the highest point since 1955. The biggest mover, and accounting for 51% of that improvement came from huge growth on the rail network, which increased by 2.8 million (17%) to 19.6 million.…
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Upgrading Takapuna’s heart

While the beach may be the soul of Takapuna, Hurstmere Road is perhaps it’s commercial heart. Working in Takapuna, it’s a heart I know well (in fact at the time this post is published I’m probably walking along it to get some lunch) and it could definitely do with a bit of love.…
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Transport Priorities for a New Government

A change of government within the next week is a possibility. Transport has already been quite a high-profile part of the election campaign, and a change of government could mean fundamental change for the transport sector in areas well beyond just the headline large flashy projects where much of the attention gets directed.…
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Big changes for Tamaki Dr

Big changes are in the pipeline for Tamaki Dr and the final stage of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path. The changes to Tamaki Dr come following feedback from an earlier consultation while AT are consulting on the design of GI to Tamaki Dr path along a longer, and more inconvenient route around the eastern edge of Hobson Bay.…
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Sep-17 AT Board Meeting

At the time the post is published, the Auckland Transport board will be in the middle of their six-weekly board meeting. Here are some of the highlights from the documents available. Closed Session The closed session is usually where all the juicy decisions are made.…
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