Dunedin Commuter Rail – Part I

On 20 April Dunedin Railways tourist oriented services were mothballed in the face of an enforced shutdown due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with the loss of 51 jobs. In effect, the trains and carriages have been put into storage pending a possible recovery of the tourism sector. Obviously, this has caused some … Continue reading Dunedin Commuter Rail – Part I

Deep dive – The Green’s Regional Rail Plan

The development of a national public transport system for New Zealand has always been something I think could be pursued as a national-level economic development project, with the aim of improving connections and access between regional areas and our larger cities. This could facilitate economic and social well-being in the regions, which have struggled with … Continue reading Deep dive – The Green’s Regional Rail Plan

Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

Transport infrastructure investments can be complementary as part of a holistic transport ecosystem that aims to achieve the best overall outcomes, often addressing multiple economic, social and environmental issues. Instead, different investments are often viewed as an “it’s this or that” situation. For instance, take this article about the Ministry of Transport investigating rapid rail … Continue reading Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

The BIG infrastructure announcement – winners and losers

Said to be one of the biggest infrastructure announcements in New Zealand history, there are no doubts that the Government's $12.8 billion package - including $6.8 billion in transport - was a colossal beast. The big winner's were Auckland ($3.48 billion), Northland ($692 million), Waikato and Bay of Plenty ($991 million), and Wellington ($1.35 billion). … Continue reading The BIG infrastructure announcement – winners and losers

Looking back: Light rail in Christchurch – “Bob’s folly” or missed opportunity?

Light rail was proposed by the Christchurch City Council - and then mayor Bob Parker - in 2011 as part of the Draft City Plan, the centrepiece recovery plan for the city following the 2011 earthquake. The $406 million project between the central city and the University of Canterbury campus at Ilam was to be … Continue reading Looking back: Light rail in Christchurch – “Bob’s folly” or missed opportunity?

What other cities are doing: Ottawa

This is what I hope will be the first in a series of posts that cover what is happening in other cities around the world, and how they are relevant for thinking about transport in New Zealand’s largest cities. Previously, I have touched on developments in Canberra and Newcastle (Australia), and I intend on revisiting … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Ottawa

Christchurch Rapid Transit Proposal – further information

This is a follow-up to my previous post on a rapid transit start-up proposal for Christchurch. If you haven't read that, it might be a good idea to do so before reading further on this one. I wanted to follow up on what I proposed with a bit of a more in-depth "Q and A" … Continue reading Christchurch Rapid Transit Proposal – further information