Northern Corridor Approved

Yesterday the Board of Inquiry (BOI) released their draft decision to approve the Northern Corridor project. This is the project that will upgrade the last section of SH18 to a motorway and provide a motorway to motorway interchange with SH1. More importantly for us though, it includes a long awaited extension of the Northern Busway from Constellation Dr through to Albany.…
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Save a Park, Save a City

This post is on behalf of Leroy from Generation Zero. This campaign is supported by Greater Auckland and Bike Auckland.Linear Park is an incredible idea. It’s a park/walkway/cycleway running from Victoria Park to Albert Park. It would open up a grey, underused part of the city to people, and connect our CBD’s green spaces.…
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Tauranga’s Ghost Motorway

Over the weekend I took a trip down to Paengaroa (about 30km east of Tauranga) to visit some family. After travelling through Tauranga, the fastest option for getting there is via only the second of the government’s Roads of National Significance to have been fully completed, the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) – the first was the Victoria Park tunnel.…
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Another flawed congestion report

Every year TomTom produce a report about how much worse congestion is getting in Auckland, and every year the media lap it up – usually without looking at the flawed methodology of the report. So it was the NZ Herald yesterday: Auckland’s roads are so congested commuters are spending an extra 45 minutes a day – or four working weeks a year – stuck in traffic.…
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Missed News Roundup – March-17

Every week we receive numerous press releases related to transport and we only tend to comment on a few of them. Here are a couple that piqued our interest but not quite enough for a full post of their own. Parnell Station opens While the first services started using the station on Sunday, Monday saw the official opening of the new Parnell Station.…
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ATs Parking App is live

The days of parking meters are numbered now that AT have released their parking app. Back in May last year, Auckland Transport released a video about their new parking strategy and in one part of it they mentioned they were working on a mobile app to let you pay for on-street parking without having to go to a machine to buy a ticket.…
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Kapiti Expressway stage one: Review

This is a guest post by architect and our occassional Wellington correspondent Guy Marriage The first section of the Kapiti Expressway opened on 24 February, at 4am, with little fanfare. As an immediate response to this implicit request, that induced me to make some more traffic by driving up and down the new road, just to see what it is like.…
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RoNS 2.0?

The government’s Roads of National Significance have dominated transport spending over the last eight years and within the next 4-5 years, almost all of the motorways originally proposed will have been completed. Yet despite this, current plans are for transport spending on state highways is set to continue to increase over the coming years – NZTA are currently forecast to spend $1.9 billion on state highways this financial year, based on MoT projections, by 2024-25 this it is likely to be close to $2.9 billion a year.…
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Quietening Ellerslie

News yesterday that the NZTA have confirmed they’ll add noise barriers to the motorway through Ellerslie. Ellerslie residents suffering from motorway noise are in for relief with confirmation new barriers will be built along a section of State Highway 1. The NZ Transport Agency is also investigating noise barriers for other sections of urban motorways in Auckland.…
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