Archive for the ‘Trains’ Category

Inside Auckland’s New Electric Trains

Inside Auckland’s New Electric Trains

Auckland’s new electric trains will look like this. 57 three-car electric trains will replace the current aging diesel locomotives servicing the suburban...

Read Full Story »

 
Electrification Works

Electrification Works

Several weekend closures over August and September have seen more progress toward work for the electrification of Auckland’s rail. Along the western line,...

Read Full Story »

 
Onehunga Platform Extended

Onehunga Platform Extended

Remember the outcry when it was learnt that Onehunga’s 55-metre platform will be too short for the 3-car electric units, which need 70? The platform is now being...

Read Full Story »

 
ONEHUNGA CONSTRUCTION; Workers loved posing to get on AKT

AKT’s Greatest Hits

I’m used to getting an email complaining about a story literally a few minutes after a story was published because a tweet or RSS Reader  alerted someone...

Read Full Story »

 
2011: Year Of The EMUs

2011: Year Of The EMUs

Looking back at the big rail stories of the year Signed sealed and delivered soon There is no going back now. In October, the paperwork was signed for Auckland’s...

Read Full Story »

 
2011: The Year People Found PT

2011: The Year People Found PT

Looking back at the big transport stories of 2011 PT popular I have long argued: Build it and they will come. They have. Each month AKT has reported and published...

Read Full Story »

 
Photos: Auckland Rail As It Was

Photos: Auckland Rail As It Was

How quickly we forget how bad rail was when I started this site four years ago. And reader Andrew W also found some photos of Auckland rail of only a few years before...

Read Full Story »

 
Report Lists RWC Transport Lessons

Report Lists RWC Transport Lessons

One of the Auckland Council’s main stated objectives with the RWC was to “make public transport use a habit.” A 250-page external consultants’ report...

Read Full Story »

 
PT Patronage Leaps 9.1% In Year

PT Patronage Leaps 9.1% In Year

People using public transport in Auckland continues to take giant leaps – a 9.1% increase in the last 12 months. Auckland public transport patronage totalled...

Read Full Story »

 
Why The Rescue?

Why The Rescue?

Why are Auckland ratepayers having to find $100m to cover an “unexpected” shortfall in NZTA projects around Auckland said to include AT’s train...

Read Full Story »

 
Twyford Gets Transport

Twyford Gets Transport

Phil Twyford has scored the shadow transport portfolio under Labour’s new broom, David Shearer. A wise choice especially as the MP also gets Auckland issues and...

Read Full Story »

 
Middlemore Train Death

Middlemore Train Death

UPDATE Rail services are returning to normal after disruption this morning following a fatality on the southern line near the Middlemore station.  Buses replaced...

Read Full Story »

 
Parnell Train Station Work Starts

Parnell Train Station Work Starts

Initial work for the planned Parnell railway station began this morning. This involves lowering and re-aligning the tracks where the station will be – at the...

Read Full Story »

 
Moscow, Berlin, Paris In 36 hours By Train

Moscow, Berlin, Paris In 36 hours By Train

The first train has arrived in Paris on a new cross-continental route that connects Moscow Berlin and Paris. Run by Russia’s train company RZD, the 3200ks trip...

Read Full Story »

 
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...

Read Full Story »

 
Auck, Wgtn Rail Closures

Auck, Wgtn Rail Closures

Machinery has started arriving for the start of the big Rail Maintenance month around Auckland – and Wellington is also in for a closedown. The focus of the...

Read Full Story »

 
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...

Read Full Story »

 
Next Train Timetable Changes

Next Train Timetable Changes

Auckland Transport has confirmed details of the new rail timetable to be introduced next March – and say it will be the last timetable change until the new electric...

Read Full Story »

 
Brownlee Becomes Transport Minister

Brownlee Becomes Transport Minister

Gerry Brownlee is the surprise choice of transport minister taking over from Steven Joyce. Joyce, successful campaign manager for the last election, gets his reward...

Read Full Story »

 
Veolia Quits

Veolia Quits

Statements out of Paris tonight from Veolia saying it’s quitting the transport sector and will quit half the countries it is operating in to reduce massive debt. Veolia...

Read Full Story »

 
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...

Read Full Story »

 
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...

Read Full Story »

 
AMETI Means Panmure Change

AMETI Means Panmure Change

Construction of the first AMETI Panmure transport project will see a number of changes this month for users of the Panmure railway station. Changes to access to...

Read Full Story »

 
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...

Read Full Story »

 
Wellington PT Fare Structure Review

Wellington PT Fare Structure Review

Greater Wellington Regional Council is about to begin a review of how bus, train and harbour ferry fares are calculated. Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington’s...

Read Full Story »