The next ATAP

Probably the most influential transport ‘project’ in Auckland over the last decade, maybe more hasn’t put a single shovel in the ground, and never will. That project is the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP). ATAP has essentially become the agreement between the government and Auckland Council as to how the transport system will be developed and funded over a 30-year period, but with a focus primarily on the coming decade.…
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Weekly Roundup – 22-May-2020

It’s the first Friday of level 2 and we’re allowed back in pubs and bars again. But before you head out for a drink with friends, here’s out weekly roundup. CRL Closure of Mt Eden Station and Porters Ave City Rail Link have announced new dates for the closure of the Mt Eden Station and Porters Ave level crossing for vehicles.…
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The 1point5 project

Safe, healthy, decarbonised and accessible to all How much do New Zealand’s carbon emissions need to drop? How quickly? And what’s the best way? These are the questions being tackled by the 1point5 project. We’ve mentioned this project twice in Weekly Roundup posts: its founder, Paul Winton, ran a webinar last week, hosted by the Association of Consulting and Engineering, and was interviewed by Vincent Heeringa for a podcast a few weeks ago, on This Climate Business. Paul Winton has a PhD in engineering, is a former McKinsey consultant and is founder of Temple Capital Investment Specialists.…
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Weekly Roundup – 15-May-20

Here’s our weekly roundup. Budget Many people were looking to yesterday’s budget announcement to see what projects might get the green light as part of the Government’s call for ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects. However, it seems that announcement is still some weeks away.…
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Time’s up for PPPs

COVID-19 has dealt the massive Transmission Gully project another blow and if we weren’t already, it’s something that should give us more pause for thought when it comes to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). When announcing the cost increase in February, the NZTA said the project would also be open by Christmas this year.…
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Optimising the road network

One of the items in Auckland’s wish list for funding as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package is a road network optimisation programme. Network optimisation is one of those often unsexy projects that is always going on behind the scenes without a lot of fanfare – no one is cutting the ribbon on a tweak to traffic light timings.…
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The Great Upskilling

Auckland will face some new transport challenges during Alert Levels 2 and 3. The space required for physical distancing when walking and cycling will conflict with higher traffic volumes when more people start driving. Cities overseas have shown how to respond to these sorts of conditions, including Bogota way back in mid March.…
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