Improving Te Huia

Two weeks ago week Te Huia, the new train between Hamilton and Auckland began service. The train has attracted a lot of media attention for a few reasons and a lot of it has centred around its level of usage. For example on Thursday it was reported that after the buzz of the launch, usage settled down to just over 100 trips per day.…
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Taking rail to the North Shore

In the announcement of the next steps for light rail last week, Transport Minister Michael Wood confirmed that part of the investigation over the coming six months is not just about the City Centre to Mangere route but that whatever is chosen will also form the basis for future extensions to the Northwest and the North Shore – as also envisioned in ATAP.…
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Chief Post Office Reopens as Britomart Entrance

It was a big day for rail in New Zealand yesterday as the Chief Post Office building was reopened as the main entrance to Britomart Station. Britomart sits at the heart of Auckland’s rail revival. Opened in mid-2003, it returned rail to the city centre and its success opened the door to network upgrades and expansion, improved stations, electrification and now the City Rail Link.…
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Light Rail Next Steps

Last Monday I wrote about some of the trade-offs we can expect will need to be made when the government make a decision on Light Rail, something we originally expected later this month. Then on Wednesday, Transport Minister Michael Wood made an announcement on it, setting up a group look at the trade-offs of the various options that have arisen for light rail.…
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Light Rail Trade-offs

The release of the latest Auckland Transport Alignment Project two weeks ago included this comment about light rail. “This ATAP will see our rapid transit network grow considerably. I’m looking forward to updating Aucklanders on the next steps for light rail next month,” Michael Wood said.…
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Weekly Roundup – 26-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week Road Pricing Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has launched an inquiry into congestion charging in Auckland following the recent release of the latest work on the topic. The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into congestion pricing in Auckland.…
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Where to next for Skypath?

Yesterday the Herald’s Simon Wilson reported that Skypath was in trouble. The plan to build a cycling and walking path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, popularly known as Skypath, has run into “significant and complex engineering issues”. The Herald understands the current design will be scrapped.…
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Weekly Roundup – 12-Mar-20

Here’s our roundup for the week. Making Driving Worse The Spinoff’s Hayden Donnell has written a fantastic piece on why we need to make driving in Auckland worse. I’d highly recommend giving it a read if you haven’t already. If we make driving impractical for the people who don’t really need to use a car, those who really do need one might finally have space to get around.…
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