Conserving Aggregate

Road building delayed because governments ‘fail to plan for quarries’ This was the title of a Stuff article last month by Wayne Scott, the chief executive officer of the Aggregate & Quarry Association (AQA). He said: politicians of all persuasions have paid only lip service to ensuring the rock, stone and sand which form the foundation for all infrastructure can actually be provided… Transmission Gully’s delays and cost blowouts are the latest example.…
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Weekly Roundup – 14-Aug-20

It was already shaping up as a hectic week for news even before we had the COVID results on Tuesday night. Here’s our wrap up of some of the things that caught my attention. The Great Rail Network Slowdown I’ll be writing about this more in the coming days but in case you haven’t seen, it turns out Auckland’s rail network is in much worse case than thought and around 100km of tracks needs new rails or other maintenance work done on them.…
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Alert Level 3

Queues to the Quay St supermarket following the announcement. Credit: Damian W via twitter. Today, Auckland returns to Covid Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa returns to Level 2. The official Covid site currently says: Here are the basics about moving around.…
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Weekly Roundup – 07-Aug-20

It’s Friday and here’s out weekly wrap up of stories. National’s Wellington Plans Another week and few more transport announcements by National. On Monday they were on the Kapiti Coast to announce $330 million to Electrifying and double-tracking the rail line between Wellington and Ōtaki Building a full expressway interchange at Peka Peka Completing the Horowhenua Expressway (Ōtaki to Levin) An extra 15km of double tracking and electrification sound positive but it’s notable that the idea isn’t even on the long term list of Greater Wellington or Kiwirail.…
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The Political Economy of Car Dependence

Leading Image: Sacrificing pedestrian environments and green infrastructure to sell (electric) cars. Why do both our major parties plan to spend billions of dollars on new roads and sprawl development of farmland? Our government is catching up on the backlog of rural road safety issues, is slowly improving rail and public transport, is funding “three waters” infrastructure maintenance and upgrades to assist brownfields housing developments and has introduced internationally-renowned planning changes to enable regeneration of our cities.…
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Is the Lake Rd upgrade over?

In a time of emergency budgets cutting spending, Auckland Transport looks like it could have $47 million more to spend on projects around the region after the Devonport Local Board rejected ATs plans to upgrade Lake Rd. Radio NZ reports: Auckland Transport’s $47 million plan to upgrade the only road in and out of Devonport could be dead in the water.…
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Auckland’s Climate Plan

Yesterday wrote about the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development, one of two important events last week that mean the council is going to drastically rework its Unitary Plan. Today I’ll cover the second one, the council’s unanimous adoption of Auckland’s Climate Plan (ACP) – although this requires more than just a change to our planning rules.…
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Weekly Roundup – 24-July 2020

Here’s the roundup for the week. Good Auckland Transport Auckland Transport are consulting on a series of short sections of new T2 lanes on the North Shore in order to speed up buses. Three North Shore areas are set for faster and more reliable bus journeys as Auckland Transport (AT) seeks public feedback on proposed improvements.…
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