Flashback Saturday: The City Centre Master Plan

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in May 2011. It’s certainly a busy time at the moment for big long term planning documents in Auckland. As well as the much talked about “Auckland Spatial Plan”, Auckland Council has now released a discussion document on a “City Centre Master Plan.” I have talked a bit about the Master Plan in the past – when it was in its earlier stages of formulation.…
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Sorting out downtown buses

One of the more interesting things we learnt from this week was that the Britomart East Bus Interchange, unofficially known as the “bus ballsack”, had been cancelled and staff sent back to the drawing board. The plan would have seen a bus interchange and roundabout built on Quay St between Commerce St and Gore St.…
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AA Lobbying: Part Two – The Survey

Last week Auckland Transport opened consultation on a bylaw to set new speed limits. The programme over the next few years will hopefully put our speed limits in line with best international practice, and reduce the appalling level of road trauma our city has: These statistics represent failings in two ways: too many people dying, and too few people walking, cycling and possibly motorcycling – because of the unsafe and unhealthy environment.…
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A transit oriented development at Smales Farm?

The Northern Busway has been one of Auckland’s most successful transport investments. In the 11 years since it opened it has become the best and most used public transport corridor in probably all of the country. At peak times in the peak direction there are now buses, mostly double deckers, every minute or two and off-peak and counter-peak there are buses every 5-10 minutes.…
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Growing Auckland without growing traffic

“How can we accommodate Auckland’s substantial future growth without increasing traffic?” This is the question that should sit at the heart of every major transport and planning decision that’s made in Auckland. I think it’s also going to increasingly become a way of easily describing the goal of Greater Auckland in helping to shape land-use and transport policy-making.…
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