The launch of the Hamilton-Auckland commuter train service - known as Te Huia - on 6 April 2021 was a red letter day. Of sorts. Te Huia was a long time coming. New Zealand's fourth largest city is only 120km from the largest, linked by a motorway that's prone to chronic congestion. The fact that … Continue reading Right first time – Te Huia
Recently there was some commentary about a 4 percent public transport fare rise in Auckland and how that contradicts the city's climate change goals, and it caught my attention. It made a fair point, and I don't disagree that there is some weird stuff going on here, which includes Auckland cutting public transport expenditure to … Continue reading Why are we so bad at public transport?
It's been a while since I've managed to get pen to paper (or is that finger to key?) on here, and that's largely been due to competing priorities in my life throughout much of October and November. It's been quite an interesting time, and whilst there are plenty of other sources covering the issues, the … Continue reading TraNZport Update: post election and 2021
The Greens recently released a comprehensive transport policy and plan. I’ve cast an eye over National’s plans (here and here), so let’s see what the Greens have been up to in preparation for the election. The policy I will simply link to (here) but in this post I will outline the basics of their plans. It focuses on … Continue reading The Greens Transport Plans
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an important link in Auckland’s transport network. Important, and fragile as recent events illustrate. However, it’s not just physically fragile, but a metaphorically brittle link in the transport chain. If it goes down, the North Shore and central Auckland are not linked by land transport. Simple. The current situation sees … Continue reading The (Auckland) Peoples Bridge – focus on moving people, not cars
Am I baiting you? Maybe. The Roads of National Significance (RoNS) were a divisive, yet significant, government policy. Your view on whether they were objectively a good or bad thing may depend on what side of the political fence you sit on. What's a RoNS? As a reminder, the RoNS programme prioritise seven large road … Continue reading Roads of National Significance – a success? A retrospective
Christchurch joins Auckland and Wellington in having a standard livery for its bus fleet. First, I think it's about time. Apparently, the city has up to eight different liveries running on the roads at the moment, and most carry that silly "metro" signage box on top. It's ugly, confusing, unecessary, and kind of disappointing it … Continue reading Bus liveries are cool – but where’s the much needed changes?
New "Te Huia" Hamilton to Auckland Train Revealed The first four carriages of the new Hamilton commuter train were revealed the other day, and despite the whole name and theme thing being a little weird, I have to say the end result looks good. The service has been delayed due to COVID, but should be … Continue reading Waikato rail service gets its wheels rolling
New Zealand used to have passenger trains connecting to almost every part of the country. Even at the dawn of the twentieth century there were trains to Rotorua and Tauranga, two daily trains linking Auckland Wellington (one overnight), a service to Napier, and daily services emanating from Christchurch to Picton, Greymouth, and Dunedin and Invercargill. … Continue reading Time for a New Zealand rail revival?
Brisbane is a city that I am somewhat familiar with as I have had family living there since I was a kid. It isn't necessarily a city you would equate with good transport initiatives. It's a huge, sprawling mass of single detached homes, punctuated with giant shopping malls anchored in a sea of car parks. … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Brisbane