Further thoughts on the CRL accessibility issue

Following on from my post the other day about The Spinoff’s interview with the City Rail Link team and some of their concerning comments, I thought I’d take a look at a few issues from a slightly different angle. In particular I thought I’d look at the issue of the Mercury Lane entrance and the access from there to Karangahape Rd, where most people will be going.…
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More questions raised over CRL future-proofing

On Saturday, The Spinoff published a fantastic and concerning piece by Simon Wilson on the City Rail Link. It comes following an interview with the CRL project director Chris Meale, whose answers to a few questions ought to have the new board of City Rail Link Limited, along with their stakeholders in Council and the Government asking some serious questions.…
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Making Pedestrian Level Crossings Safer

A couple of months ago Auckland Transport posted a video of a near miss near Mt Eden station.It seems fairly easy to conclude from the video that the primary responsibility for this near fatal accident lies with the pedestrian. AT emphasised this in the accompanying press release: The near miss happened when the woman stepped out at a crossing despite the warning bells and lights operating… “We’ve checked the footage of this morning’s incident and we can see the woman checked to her right before crossing but not to her left and that’s where the train was coming from.…
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Improving Stations – Part 2: Layout

At the beginning of the month I started a series looking at how we can improve our train stations, beginning with the lack of shelter. I started this after Auckland Transport sent out a survey titled “Help us improve train stations“ but with a focus on how they could generate more money from passengers through initiatives such as selling advertising, or snacks from vending machines.…
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Flashback Saturday: “The Case for the Eastern Link”

This post originally appeared in June 2012. Looking back now, it’s a huge relief that Auckland Transport did end up including the Eastern Link in the CRL project, as excluding it would have undermined the functionality of the CRL enormously. The other day I covered part of the case against having an Eastern link, with this post I thought I would look at the case for building it and also whether we could live with things if it was not possible to grade separate the junction with the western link.…
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