Kiwirail’s de-electrification decision questioned again

This is a guest post from Dr Roger Blakeley, former Secretary for the Environment; Bob Norman, former Commissioner of Works; Alex Gray, professional civil engineer and Senior Project Manager; and Keith Flinders, Electrical Services Consultant. On 10 May 2018, Radio NZ reported that, in a briefing to Ministers on 21 March 2018, KiwiRail said that it had received no direction from the Government to cease the de-electrification programme on the NIMT and is continuing its work to decommission the electric locomotives fleet by 31 March 2019.…
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Crazy motorway plan shows how far we’ve come

Every now and then something so ridiculous comes along it’s hard to ignore. That came over the weekend courtesy of the ACT party’s candidate for the Northcote by-election, Stephen Berry. It start initially as a comment about what he’d rather see for transport in Auckland I’d rather see the motorway network, including a harbour crossing at Northcote to Pt Chev and Devonport to Orakei.…
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Light Rail Routes

The government’s announcement last week that they have launched a procurement process for light-rail suggests that things are going to move pretty fast over the coming months. One of the interesting parts of this process will be so see exactly what route the two proposed light-rail lines (City-Airport and Northwest) take.…
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Light Rail Ticketing

Light rail plans are progressing fast, which got me thinking about the different options for doing ticketing for these services. First off I think it is likely the service will have to either not accept cash fares or will need to provide ticket machines at all Light Rail stations.…
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Our Submission on the 2018 draft Regional Land Transport Plan

The council and Auckland Transport are currently consulting on the proposed Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) and the draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). The RLTP is the 10-year transport programme for Auckland. The draft RLTP represents a significant improvement from the version that emerged in February and now is more reflective of council and government policy, as well as ATAP.…
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Dealing with the derailment

As a train user, the last three days have certainly been challenging following the derailment of a train in the Britomart Tunnel. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) have opened an investigation into the incident, but based on other cases, it is likely to take more than a year to find out the cause.…
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