The NZ Upgrade Blowout

At the start of last year the government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme, a massive infrastructure programme which included $6.8 billion in transport projects around the country with around half of that being in Auckland. The package contained some really good and much needed projects, such as the Northern Pathway, the third main between Otahuhu and Wiri, electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe along with new train stations along that section.…
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Weekly Roundup – 4-June-21

How is it June already?? Here’s our roundup for the week that was… and it’s a bumper edition, in honour of the long weekend. (Happy birthday, Your Majesty!) Liberate the Lane: managing traffic – and expectations Last Sunday’s Liberate the Lane rally (and subsequent bridge ride) attracted heaps of attention, which was precisely the point.…
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Establishing a Carbon Neutral Government Programme

Featured image: ÖBB Nightjet, image from Lucas via Wikipedia (Creative Commons) This is a guest post by Paul Callister. In March 2021 the government released the cabinet paper Leading the way: Establishing a Carbon Neutral Government Programme. The paper states that the government “must show leadership to reduce its own emissions, in order to demonstrate what is possible to other sectors in the New Zealand economy.”…
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Weekly Roundup – 21-May-21

Here’s our weekly Roundup. On display this week were two stark examples of cause and effect: The vacuum of political leadership, and its consequence. Queen St Saga Last week the council launched a surprise and very quiet consultation which proposed changing the design of improvements to give in to the group pushing for it to be more focused on cars.…
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A shuttle for the Onehunga Branch Line?

This post was first published by Nicolas Reid on his Linked In page. The Onehunga branch was Auckland’s first railway line, running from the port of Onehunga on the Manukau harbour to the port of Auckland on the Waitemata. Despite being primarily a freight link for steamers coming up the west coast and the Waikato river, it had a long history of carrying people until the last passenger service ran in 1973.…
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Weekly Roundup – 14-May-21

Here’s our wrap up for the week. Puhinui Auckland Transport have released some awesome shots of the upgrade to Puhinui Station and it looks stunning. It’s also great to see the entire platform will have shelter – something missing from most of our other stations.…
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Weekly Roundup – 07-May-20

Here’s our wrap up for the week. Queen St to Change Good news yesterday afternoon, the group fighting to return Queen St to a car focused corridor failed in their bid to get an injunction on the improvement works. Today’s High Court decision not to grant the injunction sought by Save the Queen Street Society means Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are able to proceed with planned improvements to the northern end of Queen Street between Customs and Shortland Streets.…
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