Solved: The mystery of the Wellsford-Whangarei business case

Exactly a month ago, the National Party announced the biggest element of their transport policy for this election, $10.5 billion on 10 new Roads of National Significance. These are:Wellsford to Whangarei East West Link in Auckland Cambridge to Tirau Piarere to the foot of the Kaimai Range Tauranga to Katikati Napier to Hastings Manawatu Gorge Levin to Sanson Christchurch Northern Motorway Christchurch to AshburtonAs we pointed out at the time, these appear to be a great lesson in diminishing returns, with some of the state highways due to be supersized having fewer than 10,000 vehicles per day use them.…
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Upgrading Takapuna’s heart

While the beach may be the soul of Takapuna, Hurstmere Road is perhaps it’s commercial heart. Working in Takapuna, it’s a heart I know well (in fact at the time this post is published I’m probably walking along it to get some lunch) and it could definitely do with a bit of love.…
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The cost of pedestrian congestion

Disclaimer: This is a post about a research project I led at work. My policy is not to blog about things that I’m working directly on, but in this case the research has already been reported elsewhere. All facts and figures in this post are drawn from a summary of my research and some related work that was presented to the City Centre Advisory Board.…
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Rethinking the East-West Link

Alongside adopting the Congestion Free Network as a cornerstone for their Auckland transport policy, Labour’s recent announcement was encouraging because they vowed to fundamentally reconsider the East West Link project: Some lower-value projects would be also delayed and the cost of the East-West Link would be reduced by adopting an option with a better benefit-to-cost ratio, saving $1.2bn.…
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Road safety in headlines

Last week the Herald ran an article about the worsening safety of our roads. The number of pedestrians killed on New Zealand roads has increased by a whopping 75 per cent this year, as the total road toll also soars. Ministry of Transport road toll data released this morning showed 244 people have died in 220 fatal crashes so far this year.…
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RoNS 2.0 – a lesson in diminishing returns

This really is turning into a transport election and the differences between the main parties couldn’t be clearer. Yesterday the National Party announced what seems to be their key transport initiative – the “next generation” Roads of National Significance (RoNS).Motorists would get four-lane highways from Auckland to Whangarei under a $10 billion National Party policy.…
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