Archive for: Development

Big Rail Development Swings In Next Weekend

Big Rail Development Swings In Next Weekend

Newmarket station | Photo:Roger New Lynn trench progress | Photo: Roger Labour weekend marks the start of a summer of Auckland train disruptions which are all in...

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Newmarket Progressing: Major Second Track Work Starts in A Month (Photos)

Newmarket Progressing: Major Second Track Work Starts in A Month (Photos)

Newmarket’s train station is looking closer to being finished and is on time for its scheduled opening in the third week of January – but there’s...

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New South Auckland Uni gets Train Station At Its Door

New South Auckland Uni gets Train Station At Its Door

Manuaku city council has approved a land deal to allow the creation of a tertiary campus for 25,000 students in Manukau city centre but the big news is that it’ll...

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Auckland Electric trains By 2013 Becoming An Impossiblity

Auckland Electric trains By 2013 Becoming An Impossiblity

In June Transport Minister Steven Joyce repeated assurances that electric trains would be provided within a 2013 deadline. But how can that be realistic now? It’s...

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Hamilton’s Secret Underground Rail Station (+Photos)

Hamilton’s Secret Underground Rail Station (+Photos)

Is this an outtake from those underground train scenes in The Matrix or something from a zombie movie at the scene of where flesh-eating creatures have been living...

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Manukau Rail Link Progress: Beaumonts Bridge Opened

Manukau Rail Link Progress: Beaumonts Bridge Opened

Great to see things moving ahead with the Manukau rail link. Manukau Mayor, Len Brown, who is now a strong supporter of rail, has just opened the new Beaumonts Bridge...

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CBD Tunnel Study Will Test Govt’s Sincerity

CBD Tunnel Study Will Test Govt’s Sincerity

Good to see some progress on the plans for the CBD rail tunnel idea. There’s still no certainty the billion-odd dollars will be found for it but at least today’s...

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Auckland Airport Rail Link Becomes Top Future Priority

Auckland Airport Rail Link Becomes Top Future Priority

While Britomart was having its typical afternoon rush hour hiccups (electronic signs not working, platform confusion, some southern line delays) officials were making...

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Auckland’s 10 – year Transport Plan is Stuck in The Funding Tunnel

Auckland’s 10 – year Transport Plan is Stuck in The Funding Tunnel

The Government’s obsession with road transport carries over to ARTA’s finally completed 10-year transport plan for Auckland which predictably sees lower...

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Will Helensville Rail Service Survive?

Will Helensville Rail Service Survive?

Any day now, there will be an official review of the Helensville – Auckland rail link which opened for a trial service in July last year. Sadly, it’s...

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The Devil Is In the Detail

The Devil Is In the Detail

What an understatement. The latest Central Leader newspaper giveaway under a heading Action on Onehunga Line gives the impression the issues around the planned...

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Will Auckland Torpedo Hamilton Rail Plan?

Will Auckland Torpedo Hamilton Rail Plan?

Waikato’s regional council, Environment Waikato, next week discusses a final consultant’s report which puts up a strong case for a weekday Hamilton...

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KiwiRail: It’s true worth revealed -and its priorities

KiwiRail: It’s true worth revealed -and its priorities

Now we know the true accounting picture of KiwiRail – and hear new CEO Jim Quinn (ex-CEO of Express Couriers) admit underinvestment in nearly every facet...

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Morningside Commuters Find Their Station A “Bomb Wreck”

Morningside Commuters Find Their Station A “Bomb Wreck”

Commuters trying to board from Morningside are battling to be able to find any room on the platform to stand amid machines and workmen busy tearing down the old...

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Newmarket Rail Development: Full Steam Ahead This Weekend

Newmarket Rail Development: Full Steam Ahead This Weekend

This track work at Newmarket looks like one of those jigsaw puzzles you do and think you’re near completion but find there are some tricky pieces you can’t...

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Mt Albert By-Election Candidates Attend Launch of Train Funding Protest Campaign

Mt Albert By-Election Candidates Attend Launch of Train Funding Protest Campaign

MINGLE: Labour's David Shearer greets train commuters Mt Albert by-election candidates mingled with a group of public transport campaigners on Mt Albert’s...

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Auckland In the Future: Rail Links Everywhere – But What Happens To This Plan Now?

Auckland In the Future: Rail Links Everywhere – But What Happens To This Plan Now?

Imagine Auckland in 2041– a Metro line from Manukau City to Botany Downs, from Albany to Downtown and a rail link to the airport reaching Puhunui. How wonderful...

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Morningside’s new railway station ready in July

Morningside’s new railway station ready in July

Morningside is the latest Auckland railway station to finally get a modern look. A new station will emerge in July to replace the very last century – looking...

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Busy Weekend on New Lynn Rail Trench Work

Busy Weekend on New Lynn Rail Trench Work

Buses replaced trains on the Western line during the weekend to enable progress to be made on the New Lynn trench project. It’s a project that is visually...

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Feast on what’s in store for us in Newmarket

Feast on what’s in store for us in Newmarket

This is amazing for any of us who remember standing on the old drafty Newmarket station where there weren’t even any signs saying what platform trains were...

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New Newmarket station (video)

New Newmarket station (video)

Here is a video of the status of the new Newmarket Remuera Rd train station opening next year. There are more details and photos in the following post.

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Update on Hamilton to Auckland trains

Update on Hamilton to Auckland trains

Further to last night’s post about bringing back a Hamilton to Auckland train service: The Hamilton City Council Works and Services general manager Chris Allen...

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Britomart signals included in KiwiRail upgrade

Britomart signals included in KiwiRail upgrade

Thank goodness the unreliable Britomart signals are mentioned in today’s announcement about KiwiRail’s $90m contract with Westinghouse Rail Systems ...

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Does the 10 – year transport plan signal a train wreck?

Does the 10 – year transport plan signal a train wreck?

The Auckland Regional Council’s Draft 10 year plan makes for some interesting reading. Lots of work ready to happen on the tracks but will it proceed? For...

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At last a green signal ahead!

At last a green signal ahead!

Tomorrow, KiwiRail is expected to be signing a $90m contract for a new Auckland track signal system in preparation for the forthcoming electrification. The deal...

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