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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Auckland’s post COVID-19 Stimulus List

Two weeks ago the government announced they’d kicked off a search for infrastructure projects fill a recovery pipeline. The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say.…
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