Weekly Roundup – 07-Aug-20

It’s Friday and here’s out weekly wrap up of stories. National’s Wellington Plans Another week and few more transport announcements by National. On Monday they were on the Kapiti Coast to announce $330 million to Electrifying and double-tracking the rail line between Wellington and Ōtaki Building a full expressway interchange at Peka Peka Completing the Horowhenua Expressway (Ōtaki to Levin) An extra 15km of double tracking and electrification sound positive but it’s notable that the idea isn’t even on the long term list of Greater Wellington or Kiwirail.…
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What are trackless trams

Yesterday Judith Collins announced National’s Wellington transport policy. Amongst all the talk of tunnels and other road upgrades, one small thing that stood out to me was the mention of trackless “We think bus priority and bus rapid transit offers much more flexibility for Wellington, and value for money.…
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Is the Lake Rd upgrade over?

In a time of emergency budgets cutting spending, Auckland Transport looks like it could have $47 million more to spend on projects around the region after the Devonport Local Board rejected ATs plans to upgrade Lake Rd. Radio NZ reports: Auckland Transport’s $47 million plan to upgrade the only road in and out of Devonport could be dead in the water.…
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Auckland’s Climate Plan

Yesterday wrote about the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development, one of two important events last week that mean the council is going to drastically rework its Unitary Plan. Today I’ll cover the second one, the council’s unanimous adoption of Auckland’s Climate Plan (ACP) – although this requires more than just a change to our planning rules.…
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Weekly Roundup – 24-July 2020

Here’s the roundup for the week. Good Auckland Transport Auckland Transport are consulting on a series of short sections of new T2 lanes on the North Shore in order to speed up buses. Three North Shore areas are set for faster and more reliable bus journeys as Auckland Transport (AT) seeks public feedback on proposed improvements.…
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Integrated ferries

Auckland will reach another important milestone on Sunday with Auckland Transport finally adding ferries to the integrated fares system. You’ve been able to pay for your ferry trip with HOP since the system launched in late 2012 but the mode was excluded from integrated fares when they launched in 2016.…
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National’s $60 Billion+ Transport boondoggle

Over the last 10-15 years transport policy has increasingly become about who can spend the most, not who can spend the best. Nowhere was that more evident than the Upper North Island transport policy the National Party announced on Friday. It is a grab bag of projects, many of which might sound great when talking to friends around the barbeque but don’t stack up under any form of rational analysis.…
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Getting the little things right

Over the last 10-15 years Auckland had seen spectacular growth in the use of public transport – although coming off a low base. The growth came off the back of improvements to infrastructure, such as the upgraded rail network and Northern Busway, and improvements to services, such as the new bus network as well as integrated ticketing and fares.…
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A Tale of a Split City

This is a guest post from Sam van der Weerden in Dunedin. It first appeared on his blog.  Ōtepoti Dunedin is getting a new hospital. As well as replacing an ageing facility, this new building (or two) will result in major changes to how Dunedinites get around, live in, and experience their city.…
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