The Drury Problem

On Tuesday in my summary of the upcoming Auckland Transport Board meeting I highlighted the issue of the five significant private plan changes in and around Drury. These plan changes are causing concern as they are ‘out of sequence’ with the current development strategy, a classic move by the sprawl industrial complex.…
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Weekly Roundup – 18-Sep-20

Here is our weekly roundup CRL Station Construction ramping up Works on construction of the Karangahape Rd Station are getting serious with the temporary access shaft nearing completion and mining of the stations 217m long platforms as well as the connecting passageways due to start in a few weeks Meanwhile further north at Aotea, the first section of roof across the Albert/Wellesley intersection has been poured.…
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Weekly Roundup – 04-Sep-20

Here’s our roundup for the week Eastern Closed for another two weeks Yesterday Kiwirail announced that they were keeping the Eastern Line closed for another two weeks to continue replacing tracks. The Eastern Line was due to re-open on Monday after a two-week temporary closure but will now re-open on 21 September.…
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Conserving Aggregate

Road building delayed because governments ‘fail to plan for quarries’ This was the title of a Stuff article last month by Wayne Scott, the chief executive officer of the Aggregate & Quarry Association (AQA). He said: politicians of all persuasions have paid only lip service to ensuring the rock, stone and sand which form the foundation for all infrastructure can actually be provided… Transmission Gully’s delays and cost blowouts are the latest example.…
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Weekly Roundup – 14-Aug-20

It was already shaping up as a hectic week for news even before we had the COVID results on Tuesday night. Here’s our wrap up of some of the things that caught my attention. The Great Rail Network Slowdown I’ll be writing about this more in the coming days but in case you haven’t seen, it turns out Auckland’s rail network is in much worse case than thought and around 100km of tracks needs new rails or other maintenance work done on them.…
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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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Supercharging Urban Development

Two important events last week mean the council is going to need to drastically rework its Unitary Plan. I’ll cover both in separate posts starting with the National Policy Statement on Urban Development. Council’s across the country have long talked about wanting to stop or slow our cities from sprawling over the countryside.…
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