Auckland needs a transport vision

The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) was been a significant piece of work, mainly because it finally got the former government and council talking to each other, not over each other, about transport. It resulted in some important outcomes, such as for the first time finally acknowledging: that we can’t build our way out of congestion, that the motorway network is basically complete with only limited scope for more widening, and that major expansion of our Strategic Transit Network is needed.…
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Upgrading the road to Huapai

The NZTA have announced a much needed upgrade to SH16 between Brigham Creek and Waimauku. A stretch of Auckland’s State Highway 16, between Brigham Creek and Waimauku is set to get a $53million upgrade that will include a new roundabout, extra lanes, safety barriers to prevent head-on crashes and more space for pedestrians and cyclists.…
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Long Read: Fixing our Transport Planning System

This is a longer post than usual, but I want to tackle a question that’s been nagging me for quite a while, as well as look into some issues with the inner workings of our transport planning system. The big question, the one that we should always be coming back to over time is: “why, despite tens of billions of dollars in investment, are so many transport outcomes generally getting worse rather than better?” To do that I’m going to run through some pretty big issues: How much do we spend on transport and what do we get for this?…
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Work fewer days to bust congestion?

Perpetual Guardian got plenty of news coverage last week after announcing that they would be trialling a four-day working week for all staff. At its core, its core they say it’s about improving staff motivation and productivity. In March, Perpetual Guardian, a firm which deals with wills and trust funds, will introduce a four-day week for a period of six weeks across the business of over 200 staff in a bid to measure what impact this will have on productivity within the company.…
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