The Southwest Gateway Programme

Improving access in the Southwest but also including connections all the way up to Botany is one of the key areas our transport agencies are focusing on right now through a programme called the Southwest Gateway. There are already some early works for this with a significant upgrade of Puninui Station already underway and there are other works to come such as priority lanes on SH20B.…
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Walking the CRL tunnels

Yesterday City Rail Link held their ‘Walk the Tunnels’ event for those lucky enough to get tickets. Thanks to some generous readers I managed to get some tickets and went along for a visit so thought I’d share some of my photos for those that didn’t manage to make it through.…
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Moving the port

There is increasing discussion about the moving the Ports of Auckland to Northland with the latest report on it being shared with cabinet ministers. Cabinet ministers now have a copy of a report urging the government to move the Auckland port up north, but say no final decisions have been made.…
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AT finally looking to fix the Outer Link

The Link routes are unique in Auckland in that they’re some of the few cases where AT try to put any effort into creating and marketing a public transport brand. But while the brand has strong recognition, the experience leaves a lot to be desired, most noticeably the Inner and Outer links which due to their loopy nature, are unreliable with buses often end up bunched together and having long pauses at places like Victoria Park.…
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Weekly Roundup 08-Nov-19

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have cropped up this week CRL Walkthrough Tickets On Wednesday City Rail Link gave away tickets for a walk though of the tunnels next weekend. However due to the strong demand and an appalling system that would reserve tickets but kept on crashing when you tried to enter your details to secure them, many people including myself were left frustrated by not being able to get any.…
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Brisbane Rail Observations

Last week I spent a few days over in Brisbane. I thought I’d put together a few observations about the rail network from while I was there. It’s not how heavy your rail is, it’s how you use it Brisbane airport shares a lot of similarities with Auckland in that it sees a similar number of people annually (23 million vs 21 million) and has strong growth forecasts.…
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Weekly Roundup 01-Nov-19

It may have been a short week but there’s still be plenty of transport news. So here’s a bit of a round up of the other stories that have cropped up this week. First new electric train arrives The first of our 15 new electric trains arrived last week AM810 arrived from Spain on via roll-on/roll-off vessel, Hoegh Transporter.…
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Big projects change

The years of work and millions of dollars that have already been spent on designing and developing light-rail potentially end up going down the drain if the Government picks the Super Fund option. But as I’ll cover below, large projects not only tend to take a long time to deliver but significant changes in them are almost a certainty.…
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