SkyPath and Seapath moving ahead

One of the best projects the government announced funding for as part of their NZ Upgrade programme four weeks ago was $360 million in funding for the Northern Pathway SkyPath and Seapath. Construction is expected to start in 2021 and take about 2½ years so it’s also good to see the agency aren’t wasting any time, yesterday announcing they’d already shortlisted two teams to design and build the SkyPath section.…
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Weekly Roundup – 21-Feb-20

Here’s the weekly roundup for this week. Tamaki Dr On Sunday Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff turned the first sod to kick off construction of an upgrade to Tamaki Dr. Construction has started on Tamaki Drive to upgrade walking and cycling facilities, forming a critical link in Auckland city’s network of cycleways.…
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Dec-19 Ridership

I’ve been bit caught up in other posts so have finally managed to get around to the PT and cycling stats from December. Public Transport Every year December and January duke it out for the wooden spoon of ridership as the summer holidays see the number of boardings drop dramatically.…
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Weekly Roundup – 14-Feb-20

Here’s the weekly roundup for this week. Train Disruption The big news this week has been the train disruption caused by an unprecedented fire at a Kiwirail signal box in Newmarket. The surprising thing is the scale of the disruption and that it took till Thursday Morning to fix.…
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Feb-20 AT Board Meeting

Today is first Auckland Transport board meeting of the year and it’s an important one as it’s also the first one with new chair Adrienne Young-Cooper as well as board member Darren Linton. As usual, I’ve looked through the reports publicly available and here are some of the things that caught my attention.…
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Weekly Roundup – 7-Feb-20

It may be a shorter week than normal but there’s been a heap of news. Here’s some of the things you may have missed. PT self-promotion In a bit of self-promotion about the rise in public transport usage, Auckland Transport revealed that NX2 services will be increased and extended to the Hibiscus Coast.…
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Weekly Roundup – 31-Jan-20

As we reach the end of the month and with some kids back at school this week, trains, buses and cycleways have been feeling even busier than normal – and that’s only going to increase next week with more schools back and then in a few more weeks the universities starting.…
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City Centre works disruption

An article in the Herald on the weekend had MP Nikki Kaye complaining about the amount of works in the city centre. National’s Nikki Kaye yesterday instigated a crisis briefing with Auckland Transport to explain the planning logic behind the “perfect storm” of road work reducing the city centre to a standstill.…
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Weekly Roundup – 24-Jan-20

Here’s our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Otahuhu station works Over the Christmas/New Year period works were undertaken to enable the third platform at Otahuhu, which is being done as part of the City Rail Link. A timelapse of the works is below. Electric Bus MoU Auckland Transport’s current plans to roll out electric buses with them specifying all new buses be electric by 2025 and all buses electric by 2040 is simply not ambitious enough.…
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