Level Crossing Removal Feasibility

A few times every year we’re unfortunately reminded of the lack of action there has been on removing rail level crossings across Auckland. Removing these crossings have numerous benefits such as increased safety, reduced delays for drivers and allowing for signalling improvements which will trains to run faster.…
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Porters Ave and the CRL

While looking at Auckland Transport’s website recently I came across a now closed consultation relating to the Porters Ave level crossing and how it is affected by the CRL. Some of the information included in the consultation is quite technical and may be of interest to readers.…
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Consent sought for Newmarket Crossing project

Auckland Transport have lodged notice of requirement and resource consent documents for the Newmarket Crossing project which is a bridge from Cowie St to Laxon Tce and is so that the Sarawia St level crossing can be closed. The level crossing is currently the busiest in the country in terms of train movements and its proximity to the Newmarket Station and junction impacts on services across the rail network.…
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Rail Safety and Level Crossings

This week is rail safety week – the week people are once again reminded not to do stupid stuff like cross the tracks when a train is coming. Sadly the need for it was highlighted once again last week after a man died after being hit by train at Walters Rd in Takanini.…
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AT Board Report Feb-15

Auckland Transport’s board meet tomorrow and I’ve scoured the board reports for any interesting information. Here’s what caught my attention. Projects East West Link Connections A detailed business case for the project is being worked on and will go to the board in April.…
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Decision made on Sarawia St

The Sarawia St level crossing has long been an issue for numerous reasons, these include:It’s the only road connection for Laxon Terrace and Youngs Lane It’s the busiest and most complex crossing in NZ in terms of rail movements thanks to the nearby Newmarket Junction and station The gradient of the line through the area causes additional problems and added complexity AT have said it will prevent higher rail frequencies due to the operational limitations.…
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Fixing Level Crossings

A hot topic over the last few days has been the tragic accident that occurred at Morningside. A lady was struck by a train after one of the wheels of her wheelchair became wedged between the footpath and the rail. As you can see in this piece from Campbell Live, the state of the crossing was quite appalling.…
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Closing Sarawia St Level Crossing

Auckland Transport is looking to close the Sarawia St level crossing in Newmarket. It is perhaps the most pesky crossing on the network, not due to how many cars use the street but how many trains pass through it and combined with its proximity to the Newmarket junction, makes things really tricky from a train operational perspective.…
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