Flashback Saturday: Local roads getting screwed over

This post originally appeared in May 2012. NZTA is funded from petrol tax and road user charges, which obviously comes from cars, trucks, vans and buses using fuel (or travelling kilometres) along our roading network. The theory is that this creates a relatively ‘user pays’ situation, with money raised from road users being spent on projects that benefit road users (including public transport, walking and cycling, which obviously reduce the number of cars that would otherwise be on the road).…
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Waterviewgate

As the delays to opening the Waterview Connection drag on, more and more people are beginning to question the project. There are quite a few rumours floating about as to the cause of the delays, some of which we’ve heard from people working on the project.…
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Sunday reading 7 May 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. As you read this, I will (hopefully) be waking up in the Waitakeres to get on with the final day of the Hillary Trail. As I’m writing this in a hurry so that I can get to sleep and get up and do the walk, I’m going to just suggest a few articles without too much commentary.…
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East-West Link roundup

Submissions for the East-West Link closed recently but that hasn’t stopped it being in the news. Here are couple of things we’ve seen popping up recently. Submission Analysis Yesterday it was revealed that there were 685 submissions on the project. Below is a break down of those numbers with massive numbers opposing the project but of course that is no indication as to whether it will get consent or not.…
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SH16 to be Double Stacked

The NZTA made two announcements this week related to the Waterview ConnectionWe want to avoid a repeat of the Kapiti Expressway, which has seen commute times double so, following on from recent questions raised about the Waterview tunnels and the impact they would have on congestion, we decided to re-examine our traffic modelling.…
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Council saves Linear Park from AT’s clutches

We’ve talked a number of times over the last six months or so about our concerns for the future of the city centre and how many of the council’s plans are seemingly being ignored by Auckland Transport. This is most evident in the discussion surrounding one of the flagship ideas from the Council’s publicly consulted City Centre Master Plan (CCMP), the Victoria St Linear Park.…
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Level Crossing Removal Feasibility

A few times every year we’re unfortunately reminded of the lack of action there has been on removing rail level crossings across Auckland. Removing these crossings have numerous benefits such as increased safety, reduced delays for drivers and allowing for signalling improvements which will trains to run faster.…
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