Warkworth to Wellsford updated alignment

Just before Christmas the NZTA announced they were working on route protection for the Warkworth to Wellsford project with the formal consenting process likely to kick of within the next month or two. The project is the second stage of one of the previous government’s seven Roads of National Significance and the first stage, from Puhoi to Warkworth, is currently carving through hillsides and filling in gullies and is due for completion in late 2021.…
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Why is the Waitemata Harbour road crossing such a useless project?

Since our post on Wednesday about NZTA’s briefing to Minister of Transport Phil Twyford on the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing project, most media outlets have covered the report and started exploring the issue. Quite a lot of them have picked up on issues like a new harbour crossing funnelling more traffic into the city centre, or on the pros and cons of different forms of rail for the future rapid transit crossing.…
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AT praying for rain for rideshare to work

In recent years the transport industry has been abuzz with next new thing promised to revolutionise transport and finally solve longstanding issues. Often these try to blur the lines between private and public transport and are really nothing more than existing ideas with a flashy phone app and some slick marketing term such as Micro-transit, Demand Responsive Transit (DRT) or Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).…
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The NZTA is in Disarray

In recent months we’ve become increasingly concerned about the performance of the NZTA. In particular that they appear to have come down with a case of organisational constipation. The NZTAs central role in the transport industry as both a builder but also a part funder of local government projects means it’s critical that they are operating well but more recently it appears there’s simply not much coming out.…
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What’s happening with SkyPath?

Aside from the City Rail Link and Light Rail, probably the most exciting and transformational project planned over the next few years in Auckland is SkyPath, a walking and cycling connection across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. SkyPath has had a pretty long and tortuous history, dating right back to a 2009 protest against NZTA’s weird refusal to allow people to walk across the Harbour Bridge to celebrate its 50th birthday.…
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