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Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

This is AKT’s fourth anniversary. As a reluctant blogger, I’ve been bewildered by the success of AKT and its undeniable influence. First launched as...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Have a great Christmas Day! My wish list to Santa is very small and reasonable in view of the economic times: Full government funding of the City Rail Link An...

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Spatial Plan To Be Re-Written?

Spatial Plan To Be Re-Written?

How much urban sprawl is good for Auckland? It has major transport planning implications. That debate is back on the table after the recently established Productivity...

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Regular Commuters’ Outrageous Fortune

Regular Commuters’ Outrageous Fortune

Anyone else overhear the grumbles this morning when leaflets were distributed to Auckland rail commuters advising them of the Christmas rail closedown starting today? It...

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Foo Fighters Bus FAIL

Foo Fighters Bus FAIL

Have we learnt nothing from the RWC opening night fiasco? Last night I had to walk away from the Foo Fighters public transport shambles it was so depressing. And...

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Keeping it In The Family

Keeping it In The Family

The appointment of Gerry Brownlee as the new transport minister is a National stroke of genius. It sets in chain a bid to covert the next trophy in the cabinet:...

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It’s Shearer

It’s Shearer

Great news that David Shearer has been made Labour leader. Here’s my earlier post (and I’m pleased to be told Mr Shearer did read it at the time) – It’s...

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New Kopu Bridge Opened

New Kopu Bridge Opened

It’s hard to believe but this Christmas you won’t have to wait for ages to cross the Kopu Bridge at busy times. Prime Minister John Key and an equally...

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Fine Selfish Bus Commuters

Fine Selfish Bus Commuters

I’ve been using buses more than trains in the last few weeks, for a number of reasons including getting tired of running late when trains get stopped outside...

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New Westgate Square A Shared Space

New Westgate Square A Shared Space

The big $27m Auckland Council civic project at Westgate is a step closer. We’ve now been able to see developed designs for the new town square and library, designs...

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Safer To Cross To Henderson

Safer To Cross To Henderson

Good news for those using the Henderson railway station. It’s going to get safer to cross to the station. Auckland Transport is proposing to change the existing...

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The Next Transport Minister?

The Next Transport Minister?

Steven Joyce’s well justified reward for creating yet another stunning victory for National will be a new Cabinet post – and he wants something to do...

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Occupy Auckland Get Trespass Notice

Occupy Auckland Get Trespass Notice

So at last the Auckland Council has told the tent people of Occupy Auckland to let the people have their public square back. They have been handed a trespass notice. But...

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Election Chatter

Election Chatter

Feel free to chat election.

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Waikato Rail Plan Kept Alive

Waikato Rail Plan Kept Alive

The planned Waikato rail service has taken another hit but it’s not dead. Waikato Regional Council today decided against rating for Hamilton-Auckland passenger...

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RWC Topples Patronage Records

RWC Topples Patronage Records

As expected, RWC inflated the figures for Auckland public transport in October creating records and big increases. It took the annual figure to a near 10% increase....

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Mangere Station To Close

Mangere Station To Close

Mangere  Rail Station will close from December 9. It is served by only four southbound AM peak trains each weekday during school term time to primarily serve King’s...

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LINK Services Growing Beyond Targets

LINK Services Growing Beyond Targets

The new LINK bus services are proving popular- ahead of targets. While the original green Link has kept its usual customers. A report to the board of Auckland Transport...

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Ban On Candidates On Platforms

Ban On Candidates On Platforms

Should election candidates be banned from railway platforms? It sounded rather over the top for a Labour candidate to be ordered off the Onehunga station by a bellowing...

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Should Cyclists Ride Through Stop Signs?

Should Cyclists Ride Through Stop Signs?

A fascinating debate has raged in Toronto in the last few days about cyclists and stop signs – an issue I have fiercely discussed by both cyclists and angry...

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Solving The St Lukes Problem

Solving The St Lukes Problem

When the proposed St Lukes mall expansion was debated here – and some of us raised questions about the traffic and public transport issues it brought, it was...

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New Parnell Station’s Look

New Parnell Station’s Look

Works are about to get underway near the Mainline Steam depot at the foot of the Domain to lower the tracks between Parnell and Newmarket for the proposed new Parnell...

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Rimutaka Incline Rail Returns

Rimutaka Incline Rail Returns

The famous Rimutaka Incline, 40km north-west of Wellington closed in October 1955 when rail traffic was re-routed through a new Rimutaka tunnel. Plans are to bring...

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Tamaki Drive Boardwalk Proposal

Tamaki Drive Boardwalk Proposal

An innovative  proposal is going before Auckland Council for a boardwalk along Tamaki Drive as a long-term solution to the ongoing transport issues including concern...

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NZTA Plea: Don’t Hold Up Vic Tunnel Traffic

NZTA Plea: Don’t Hold Up Vic Tunnel Traffic

NZTA insists there’ll be a “settling in period” with the new Victoria Park tunnel. Motorists have been complaining about delays last night. The Victoria Park...

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