2019 Auckland Mayoral Election Policy Roundup

The local body elections feel like they’ve been dragging on all year but they finally to an end on Saturday. To me this election feels like there’s been a lot more heat than light and I guess I’m not the only one given that so far, we’re tracking for the lowest number of votes since Auckland was amalgamated in 2010 with as of last Friday just 15.1% of people (162k) having voted.…
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Weekly Roundup 4/10/19

Every week we see a heap of articles about transport. We will cover some of them but a lot we don’t. So I thought it might be a good idea to cover some of these in case you missed them. Let me know what you think as I may make this a regular post.…
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AT slashing bus services

Before getting into this post, I thought I’d highlight a few important factors: Public transport is growing rapidly, having recently passed 100 million trips. There is strong public support for more and better public transport. There is strong political support for more and better public transport – although more on that later.…
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In need of champions

Yesterday it was revealed that the Council’s Design Champion, Ludo Campbell Reid has resigned. Auckland Council’s General Manager of the Auckland Design Office, Ludo Campbell-Reid, has resigned from his role and will depart on Friday, 4 October. Ludo has served Auckland for 13 years – he was appointed Auckland City Council’s first ever Design Champion in 2006 following recommendations of The Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design.…
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Upgrading the NW Cycleway – consultation

The Northwestern cycleway has been one of Auckland’s best cycle success stories. Over the last decade as it has been progressively extended and better connections to it built it has seen a significant uptake in usage. In the year following completion of the section between Bond and Myrtle streets in 2010, just over 100,000 people were recorded riding at Kingsland.…
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Aug-19 Ridership

Auckland Transport have published their high-level public transport and cycleway ridership and bike numbers for August and they continue to be positive – the more detailed PT ones won’t be seen till the next board meeting at the end of October.…
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City Centre Motorway ramp numbers

The council are currently consulting on a refresh to the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP). One of the key goals of the CCMP is to make the city centre more people friendly and that means needing to dedicate more space for pedestrians, bikes, scooters and public transport and less for cars.…
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What’s at stake in the upcoming Council election

Last week Bernard Orsman wrote a long article looking at the upcoming Auckland Council elections. The article is behind a paywall, but I have pulled out a few important parts of it. As per usual, Orsman plays up the “A team”, “B team” narrative that he’s been pushing for the past few years – giving the impression that there are two quite separate voting blocs.…
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Puhinui & Aotea stations start construction

Better public transport is a step closer after two important milestones towards improving Auckland’s were reached yesterday as two train stations, one new and one upgraded got underway. Puhinui Station Preparation work has been going on for a while now but yesterday morning marked the official start to the $60 million rebuild of the Puhinui station.…
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