The latest on Airport to Botany

Last year the impressive new Puhinui station along with bus and transit lanes linking it to the Airport and Manukau were opened creating a much improved public transport connection to the airport. The station is just the first stage of a larger plan to build a new rapid transit line from the Airport to Botany (A2B) and that’s an important project we haven’t heard a lot about recently.…
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Supporting Sprawl in the North

A few months ago we saw the latest round of consultations for the transport networks in the planned huge new greenfield growth areas in the Northwest and Warkworth by the Supporting Growth team. These new sprawl areas, along with others planned in the South and around Dairy Flat, are eventually planned to be home to hundreds of thousands of new residents.…
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Viv Beck’s Transport Policy

We are now only around 3 months away from the next local body elections and given how much it tends to feature in local elections, that means we’re going to start to see more and more discussion about transport policy. With Phil Goff stepping down, the election for Mayor is probably the most uncertain it’s been since Auckland was amalgamated in 2010 and Mayoral hopefuls are starting to release policy.…
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Regional Trains and Electrification

A story a few weeks ago highlighted that lower North Island councils are frustrated that the government didn’t provide funding in the budget for new regional trains. The Transport Minister has left the door open for 22 new electric trains, after lower North Island mayors kicked up a stink they weren’t funded in this year’s Budget.…
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The Onehunga Line Change

This Friday represents the first time we celebrate Matariki with a public holiday but it’s also represents the last time that trains on the Onehunga Line will go all the way to Britomart. Services are being cut back to Newmarket due to City Rail Link works but as I’ll explain later in the post, I suspect services are unlikely to be extended back again.…
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Minister, while you’re there

On Sunday Transport Minister Michael Wood jetted off to Oslo to for “the International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS), hosted by the European Association for Electromobility” “EVS is the leading international gathering to address all the electromobility issues. The conference brings together government Ministers, policymakers, representatives from industry, relevant research communities and NGOs to discuss how we can enhance the transition to electric vehicles.…
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