2022 Rail Shutdown Nearly Over

We’re now in the final week of Kiwirail’s massive summer rail shutdown and from today some trains are back on the tracks. Kiwirail’s Acting Chief Executive David Gordon says this Christmas closure has been the most ambitious they’ve ever undertaken and: “It is the single biggest mobilisation of resources for a temporary closure with 1100 people working day and night on the network to make it more resilient and reliable, and to advance some major infrastructure projects which are proceeding thanks to Government investment through the NZ Upgrade Programme.…
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2022 – The Year Ahead

Welcome to 2022. After wrapping up 2021 before Christmas, here’s a look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2022. Overall it appears that COVID will continue to loom large over the year and will be a major factor, potentially directly but certainly on things such as travel patterns.…
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PT: When things go wrong

If Auckland Transport are to succeed in the goal of reducing emissions, congestion and improving mobility across the region, it will be key that they get more people to use public transport. Saying that is easy but actually achieving it is incredibly tough and one of the big challenges AT face is that the network is only as strong as its weakest part and every time someone has a poor experience on PT, it makes it all that much harder to get them to trust using it again.…
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Eastern Busway Stage 2 Design Consultation

The Eastern Busway is one of the biggest and most important transport projects in Tamaki Makaurau right now. The first stage of the Eastern Busway between Panmure and Pakuranga is nearly complete and due to open next month. Now Auckland Transport have launched consultation for their draft design for the remaining 5km stretch between Pakuranga and Botany, and there are some major changes to the compared to designs that have been presented in the past.…
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Lessons for Light Rail from City Rail Link’s Past

In his guest post last week on his view about light rail, Transport Minister Michael Wood started with a lesson from history. Firstly, a few words about the history. This matters because the historic failure to secure the necessary political support and investment for rapid transit in Auckland tells us something about what we might need to do differently if we want the project to advance this time.…
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The Papakura to Pukekohe upgrade

Last week Auckland Transport and Kiwirail announced that from next September the line between Papakura and Pukekohe would be shut down while Kiwirail upgrade and electrify the line. KiwiRail and Auckland Transport (AT) are suspending the passenger train service that connects Papakura and Pukekohe from September 2022 until the second half of 2024, to allow for the work needed to extend the electric train service to Pukekohe.…
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