The Southwest Gateway Programme

Improving access in the Southwest but also including connections all the way up to Botany is one of the key areas our transport agencies are focusing on right now through a programme called the Southwest Gateway. There are already some early works for this with a significant upgrade of Puninui Station already underway and there are other works to come such as priority lanes on SH20B.…
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Walking the CRL tunnels

Yesterday City Rail Link held their ‘Walk the Tunnels’ event for those lucky enough to get tickets. Thanks to some generous readers I managed to get some tickets and went along for a visit so thought I’d share some of my photos for those that didn’t manage to make it through.…
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Weekly Roundup 08-Nov-19

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have cropped up this week CRL Walkthrough Tickets On Wednesday City Rail Link gave away tickets for a walk though of the tunnels next weekend. However due to the strong demand and an appalling system that would reserve tickets but kept on crashing when you tried to enter your details to secure them, many people including myself were left frustrated by not being able to get any.…
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Brisbane Rail Observations

Last week I spent a few days over in Brisbane. I thought I’d put together a few observations about the rail network from while I was there. It’s not how heavy your rail is, it’s how you use it Brisbane airport shares a lot of similarities with Auckland in that it sees a similar number of people annually (23 million vs 21 million) and has strong growth forecasts.…
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Weekly Roundup 01-Nov-19

It may have been a short week but there’s still be plenty of transport news. So here’s a bit of a round up of the other stories that have cropped up this week. First new electric train arrives The first of our 15 new electric trains arrived last week AM810 arrived from Spain on via roll-on/roll-off vessel, Hoegh Transporter.…
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Elevated Lines

This is a guest post by Ella Kay. I’m currently staying adjacent to one of Berlin’s U-Bahn lines. I wouldn’t usually notice how proximate I was to a train line (apart from being near enough to a station), but couldn’t avoid noticing it here as the rail line is just below eye level of my fourth floor window.…
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Flashback Saturday: Airport Rapid Transit isn’t really about the Airport

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in October 2017. The idea of providing Airport rail through a short spur from Puhinui is one of those ideas that continues to pop up. It emerged again in an opinion piece the NZ Herald ran just over a week ago (which was oddly a repeat of a piece they ran exactly a month earlier).…
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