Weekly Roundup – 22-Jan-21

Here’s our roundup of the smaller things you may not have seen for the week. Britomart Restored After three weeks of maintenance to fix our run down system, trains started using Britomart again and we learnt the extend of some of the works that have taken place over that shut down.…
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Recent Road Safety Discussions

In 2020, a total of 320 people lost their lives on our roads. That’s an improvement on the 350 people that were killed the year before, but the improvement is due to little travel occurring during the first COVID lockdown and if you take the main part of the lockdown out, April and May, the rest of the year was higher (289 last year vs 279 the year before).…
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2021 – The Year Ahead

Welcome to 2021. After wrapping up 2020 before Christmas, here’s a look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2021. Lots of projects to be completed While we will continue to see and have to deal with the impacts of COVID, one big theme this year is we’re finally going start to see the benefit of all the disruption that the city has been experiencing with the completion/opening of a lot projects all around Auckland.…
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Time to rethink Mill Rd

Last week the NZ Herald highlighted how Waka Kotahi NZTA were ramping up their works on the Mill Rd project and that hundreds of homes and businesses are in the way of this huge project. This includes a lot of new homes built just four years ago.…
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Weekly Roundup – 18-Dec-20

Here’s our wrap up for the week. This will probably be the last one this year. Te Komititanga Opening Today’s the day Ke Komititanga, the beautiful new public space that has replaced lower Queen St is being officially opened. It’s been over four years since construction started on the City Rail Link and it will be fantastic to have some more public space in the city again.…
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Briefings to the new Transport Minister Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about the Briefing to the Incoming Minister from the Ministry of Transport. The post was already fairly long, so I left some of the other items for a second post, which is today. Kiwirail The Kiwirail BIM is one of the most interesting to me as they are starting to show some ambition for the rail network whereas up until recently most of their focus has been on day to day survival.…
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Highway Cost Blowouts

Transmission Gully has made a lot of headlines this year for budget blowouts but as we learnt on Saturday, it’s far from the only project. Stuff’s Thomas Coughlan reports: A handful of roads have managed to go $1.1 billion over budget, forcing the Government’s transport agency to make tough choices to make its books balance.…
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