Archive for: Christchurch

KiwiRail’s Coastal Scenic Carriages Start

KiwiRail’s Coastal Scenic Carriages Start

Some good news for Christchurch for a change. KiwiRail’s new scenic carriages have entered service on the Coastal Pacific service between Christchurch and Picton. A...

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Don’t Dream It’s Over

Don’t Dream It’s Over

It’s understandable that some people are going through post-RWC blues now the excitement is all over and all there is to look forward to is depressing Treasury...

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Govt Out Of Step With Mayors

Govt Out Of Step With Mayors

Pressure is growing on the Government to get with rail. Wellington’s Mayor says there is a groundswell of public opinion in favour of good choices for transport...

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Light Rail Christchurch Priority

Light Rail Christchurch Priority

Great to see the proposal for a light rail system in the Christchurch CBD be a prominent feature of the city’s re-building plan, in conjunction with the city’s...

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Tranz Scenic Rebrands

Tranz Scenic Rebrands

When KiwiRail’s Tranz Scenic passenger service between Christchurch and Picton resumes on August 15, it will run under a new name. It will be Coastal Pacific,...

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That’s A Relief!

That’s A Relief!

Christchurch has had some good news at last. in fact Transport Minister Steven Joyce called it “very good news.” The Christchurch Southern Motorway extension...

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Quake Impact On PT Revenue

Quake Impact On PT Revenue

At a time quake-hit Christchurch people finally get some news about which homes may have to go, the area’s regional council finance committee has been given...

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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch has sustained further damage and KiwiRail has suspended all train services between Ashburton, Springfield and Waipara in the South...

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ChCh Shows The Way

ChCh Shows The Way

Good to see Auckland City not missing an opportunity in its advertising its plan at train stations – and notice it is now called the Inner City Rail Link....

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Trams Answer for New Christchurch?

Trams Answer for New Christchurch?

Are trams the answer for public transport throughout Christchurch in the new rebuilt city? A forum called Reimagine Christchurch is busy debating that issue. For...

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Free Buses For Quake Memorial

Free Buses For Quake Memorial

Auckland Transport, NZ Bus and Ritchies are providing free bus services for people attending the Christchurch memorial service in Auckland Domain this Friday. Both...

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ChCh Rail Freight, Buses Back

ChCh Rail Freight, Buses Back

Christchurch is making an attempt this morning to bring back public transport despite the problems still with road infrastructure. KiwiRail freight services to the...

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Odds Change For CBD Link

Odds Change For CBD Link

Even the most optimistic betting person would have to admit the odds have worsened for Auckland getting the CBD rail link when it was expected. The government seems...

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Christchurch’s Visionary Re-Build

Christchurch’s Visionary Re-Build

Those shell-shocked by the damage in quake-hit Christchurch need to dig out from the rubble, the inspiring report of a year ago by Danish urban designer Jan Gehl...

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Chch Port, Tunnel, Rail Update

Chch Port, Tunnel, Rail Update

While our thoughts are focused personally on those still trapped, missing and all Canterbury folk suffering, here’s an update on transport links damage and...

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Christchurch Quake Tragedy 65+ dead

Christchurch Quake Tragedy 65+ dead

Thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and outlying areas at  this sad time when at least 65  lives have  been lost, buses crushed under rubble, houses...

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In non-Treasuryspeak, we're in the crap!

How Much For A Smart Card?

How much should it cost to buy the new Auckland integrated ticketing card? In another sign of the new landscape, NZTA’s requirement that 50% of the cost of...

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Christchurch Bus Scandal

Christchurch Bus Scandal

How could Christchurch buses have continued to be allowed to run when their condition makes them unsafe? The area’s regional council has announced on its site:...

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Buses Still Tricky In Quake City

Buses Still Tricky In Quake City

Buses are still not back to normal in quake-hit Christchurch. “Driving a bus around parts of Christchurch is not easy at the moment,” says Environment Canterbury...

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Tunnel Now Closed To Fuel Tankers

Tunnel Now Closed To Fuel Tankers

Tankers providing much of the fuel needed for the Canterbury quake rebuilding effort can no longer use the Lyttelton Tunnel. There have been over 350 fuel tanker...

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ChCh Tram Work Continues

ChCh Tram Work Continues

Christchurch’s authorities are going to take advantage of the work being done in the wake of the quake to start planned tram extension work early. Tram tracks...

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Kaikoura Slip 24 Hrs To Go

Kaikoura Slip 24 Hrs To Go

Workers have been using diggers to remove material from near the top of the huge slip south of Kaikoura  face since early yesterday, and have now worked their way...

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Kaikoura Slip is A Monster

Kaikoura Slip is A Monster

As much as 30,000 cubic metres of debris may have come down with the slip south of Kaikoura, blocking road and rail for days. The full job will take about 5,000...

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Minister: We’re Committed To Rail

Minister: We’re Committed To Rail

Transport minister Steven Joyce said this morning that the government is committed to a future for rail, but the commitment will need the support of everyone with...

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Buses, Not Trains, Can Now Get Through

Buses, Not Trains, Can Now Get Through

NZTA dealing with the massive slip at Kaikoura has managed to open the inland Kaikoura Route 70, previously a light vehicle detour around the massive slip on State...

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