Road Deaths in 2019

For the first time in six years, we ended the calendar year with fewer road deaths than the year before. It’s an improvement but only a small victory when you consider that 353 people, just under 1 person a day, died on our roads in 2019 and that’s still 100 more than did so in 2013. We had been tracking even lower but December was the deadliest we’ve had in over a decade.…
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2020 – The year ahead

Welcome to 2020. Following my wrap up of 2019 last week I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2020. I think 2020 is very much going to be year where there’s lots of things going on but not necessarily a lot completed as projects race against the approaching timelines of 2021 when Auckland hosts the America’s Cup and APEC.…
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2019 – A Year in Review

With 2019 drawing to a close I thought I’d pull together a quick post wrapping up the most important things that happened during the year. Thank you to everyone who has visited the blog and supported us in making Auckland greater City Rail Link The country’s biggest transport project got a billion dollars bigger this year as a result future-proofing for 9-car trains ($250m), increased contingency costs ($310m), increased construction costs ($327m) and other increases, such as property purchases ($152m).…
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Weekly Roundup 20-Dec-19

It’s been another hectic week with lots of news so here’s our likely last roundup for the year. Integrated Ferry Fares Auckland Transport announced last Friday that ferry users will get integrated fares by April. I certainly could have done with integrated fares on that same Friday.…
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Sydney’s new light rail

Sydney’s much hyped new light rail line between Circular Quay and Randwick opened on Saturday but the event went far from smoothly with one of the vehicles breaking down and causing delays. Teething problems are nothing new with big transport projects but what has concerned many much more is that the services are incredibly slow, taking over 50 minutes to cover the approximately 8.5km…
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Weekly Roundup 13-Dec-19

Here’s our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Road Funding The discussion about how much money we spend on roads has been high on the agenda this week, particularly in the wake of the government’s announcement they’ll be investing $6.8 billion extra in transport over the coming years.…
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