Safety finally on the agenda

Safety has been a hot topic this year, and for good reason, with the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads soaring. Turning the trend around has been a stated goal for both the government and Auckland. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) committed $900 million towards safety improvements, which was expected to see a 60% drop in deaths and serious injuries from 813 in 2017 to 325 in 2027.…
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Build a PT bridge and get over it

We believe the harbour crossing should be public transport and active only bridge. Here are a few key reasons why. Why another road crossing is dumb idea This is something we’ve talked about a number of times before. The most recent plan for another harbour crossing comes from 2011 and in a nutshell, the new crossing would be for traffic travelling past the city centre and the existing Harbour Bridge would become a glorified off-ramp.…
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Why we can’t have nice things: a look inside the black box of traffic engineering decision making

A new research paper has helped shed some light on why we continually seem to see substandard and delayed street outcomes from Auckland Transport that completely ignore Auckland’s agreed political and policy goals. It reveals a complex and dysfunctional decision making process that might be representative more generally of the institutional inertia that exists at AT.…
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Old Harbour Bridge Videos

I recently came across this series of old videos of the Harbour Bridge, one from shortly after it’s opening and one from during the construction of the clip-ons. It’s interesting that even back when the bridge opened, detailed counts of traffic were being taken.…
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Waterview tunnels turn 1

The Waterview tunnels have just passed their first birthday and the Herald covered it with an interesting piece on some of the people who live, work or play in and around the tunnels. They also took a look at the impact the tunnels have had on travel times – showing that some of the initial travel time savings are already starting to be eroded.…
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Flashback Saturday: How the AWHC is a waste of $5.3 billion

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in June 2014. Last week there was some renewed debate over the merits of the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing (AWHC) project, due to former Local Government Minister Michael Bassett suggesting it should start nearly immediately and made a lot more sense than the City Rail Link.…
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Should I leave now? We look at Auckland Traffic Data

This post originally appeared on the site of Sandfield and is by Mustafa Hasanbulli. Sandfield are the wonderful team who developed and maintain the blog for us. Auckland traffic has always been a hot topic in NZ. There are regular news articles about the woes of Auckland drivers as they face increasingly congested motorways, and it’s always a popular election issue.…
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