10 Years

Change and Continuity Rather than just look ahead a short distance I thought it may be productive to project forward a decade or so into Auckland’s future urban form. Partly as this is surprisingly easy because of the long lead in times for urban infrastructure, we know what’s coming, and partly because a longer look ahead gives us a better sense of the what the coming change is likely to mean.…
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CRL progress – Nov-17

City Rail Link Limited (CRLL) are presenting to the Council’s Finance and Performance Committee tomorrow. Their presentation contains a number of updates on the project. First of all there are some important project wide comments. CRLL is owned by both the government and the council who act as sponsors.…
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Rethinking Albert Street

Continuing my recent look at how we might “rethink” a few major transport projects under development in Auckland, another that we should take a further look at is Albert Street. Albert Street is currently being ripped up as part of the CRL cut and cover tunnelling works.…
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Twyford’s opportunity to enhance the CRL

Yesterday Phil Twyford was confirmed as the new Transport Minister with Julie Anne Genter as an Associate – a powerful team to change transport in NZ. Twyford also picked up the role of Housing and Urban Development. Given housing and transport are two sides of the same coin, it’s great that we might finally be able to see some co-ordination and integration between these two critical portfolios.…
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CRL progress – Oct-17

There have been a number of updates recently from City Rail Link Limited (CRLL) showing some of great progress of the city’s highest priority transport project. Outside Britomart, the path of the tunnels through the Commercial Bay development has become increasingly visible with walls starting to be formed.…
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Trains to the Planes

Auckland Airport Public Transport access is a geometric problem with a two sided solution. There are two immediate sets of catchments, East and North, plus a city-wide overlay then a region-wide one. The Airport is a natural terminus (excuse the pun), because short of looping around there are no destinations beyond the airport.…
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