Improving Te Huia

Two weeks ago week Te Huia, the new train between Hamilton and Auckland began service. The train has attracted a lot of media attention for a few reasons and a lot of it has centred around its level of usage. For example on Thursday it was reported that after the buzz of the launch, usage settled down to just over 100 trips per day.…
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Weekly Roundup – 16-Apr-21

Here’s our weekly roundup Mobile Fine Increase The government are increasing the fine for using a mobile phone while driving. The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today.…
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Weekly Roundup – 09-Apr-21

Here’s our wrap-up for the last few weeks Hydrogen Bus Last week Auckland Transport unveiled New Zealand’s first hydrogen bus. The bus was unveiled by the Minister of Transport Michael Wood and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff at Ports of Auckland – where the bus will be refuelled with green hydrogen.…
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Taking rail to the North Shore

In the announcement of the next steps for light rail last week, Transport Minister Michael Wood confirmed that part of the investigation over the coming six months is not just about the City Centre to Mangere route but that whatever is chosen will also form the basis for future extensions to the Northwest and the North Shore – as also envisioned in ATAP.…
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Chief Post Office Reopens as Britomart Entrance

It was a big day for rail in New Zealand yesterday as the Chief Post Office building was reopened as the main entrance to Britomart Station. Britomart sits at the heart of Auckland’s rail revival. Opened in mid-2003, it returned rail to the city centre and its success opened the door to network upgrades and expansion, improved stations, electrification and now the City Rail Link.…
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Light Rail Next Steps

Last Monday I wrote about some of the trade-offs we can expect will need to be made when the government make a decision on Light Rail, something we originally expected later this month. Then on Wednesday, Transport Minister Michael Wood made an announcement on it, setting up a group look at the trade-offs of the various options that have arisen for light rail.…
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Redeveloping the Downtown Carpark

The Council’s Planning Committee meet tomorrow and perhaps the most interesting item on the agenda a paper about the sale and redevelopment of the Downtown Carpark. Concerningly, it shows Auckland Transport still fundamentally misunderstand their and the city’s transport objectives. The council agreed to put the carpark up for sale last year after COVID wreaked havoc on their budgets.…
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Light Rail Trade-offs

The release of the latest Auckland Transport Alignment Project two weeks ago included this comment about light rail. “This ATAP will see our rapid transit network grow considerably. I’m looking forward to updating Aucklanders on the next steps for light rail next month,” Michael Wood said.…
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Weekly Roundup – 26-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week Road Pricing Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has launched an inquiry into congestion charging in Auckland following the recent release of the latest work on the topic. The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into congestion pricing in Auckland.…
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