What Would $1b Buy in Canterbury?

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. The other day the “Mike Hosking of the South”, Mike Yardley, wrote an opinion piece that outright advocated for a four-lane, 60km expressway or motorway between the soon to be completed Christchurch Southern Motorway from Rolleston, 60km to Ashburton. The title of the piece … Continue reading What Would $1b Buy in Canterbury?

Car parking policy – cheap isn’t good

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. If you want to see heads explode, start talking about car parking. Better yet, tell someone that car park fees should be increased. Watch their face go red before exploding in rage. It’s understandable. Well, sort of. Most people in New Zealand still get … Continue reading Car parking policy – cheap isn’t good

Christchurch Northern Corridor – Worst Road Project Ever?

This post first appeared at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. There was good news recently, in Christchurch, when the Christchurch City Council unanimously agreed to reconsider how it manages the downstream effects of the soon to open northern motorway extension [Ed - Radio NZ article here]. In short, it recognises that the impact … Continue reading Christchurch Northern Corridor – Worst Road Project Ever?

Christchurch Rapid Transit Proposal – further information

This post was first published at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. 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 … Continue reading Christchurch Rapid Transit Proposal – further information

Christchurch – An Accessible City 2.0?

This post first appeared over at TraNZport and is republished with permission.The $6.4 billion Let’s Get Wellington Moving package of transport initiatives is great for Wellington, but it also highlights how thoroughly, and embarrassingly, behind Christchurch is in making progress with developing a fit-for-purpose, sustainable transport system of its own. The stark truth is that … Continue reading Christchurch – An Accessible City 2.0?

Christchurch Rapid Transit: a Proposal for Rail

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Introduction Greater Christchurch is set to grow by 150,000 people over the next 30 years (to about 640,000 people based on recent projections). It’s important to note, however, that the area is currently growing by more than twice this rate, meaning it would not … Continue reading Christchurch Rapid Transit: a Proposal for Rail

Smaller Australian Cities Implementing Rapid Transit

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Recently, new light rail projects have opened in smaller Australian cities. I find this rather curious as in New Zealand we still debate the suitability of funding large public transport projects, even in our largest city. Investment in public transport has long been a … Continue reading Smaller Australian Cities Implementing Rapid Transit