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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Weekly Roundup – 30-Apr-21

Here’s our weekly roundup RLTP submissions Submissions for Auckland Transport’s Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP) close on Sunday so if you haven’t completed one yet, get on to it. As Heidi wrote the other day, a key flaw in the plan is at best it hopes to hold vehicle travel steady which is at odds with both government and council plans, as well as the draft recommendations from the Climate Change Commission that we need to reduce vehicle travel.…
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Apr-21 AT Board Meeting

It’s been more than two months but tomorrow the Auckland Transport board meet again and so as I often do, I’ve had a look through the reports for anything interesting that stands out. Unfortunately, at the time of writing the post they haven’t uploaded the closed session agenda, which gives an indication as to some of the more interesting projects.…
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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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