The curse of “East-West links”: Rethinking ‘road strategies’ as ‘transport strategies’

This post first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. A few years ago, something strange happened in Melbourne. A major inner-city motorway (or, freeway as Victorians prefer) was proposed at the eye watering tune of $15-17 billion, with a first stage of almost $6 billion contracted just before the state election of 2014. … Continue reading The curse of “East-West links”: Rethinking ‘road strategies’ as ‘transport strategies’

Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

This was first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Submissions have since closed on this plan but still an interesting take on it. Christchurch sits at an interesting crossroads in terms of its development, and decisions made now are going to affect the form and function of the city for the … Continue reading Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

Flashback – When Christchurch had Commuter Trains

This post first appeared on the traNZport blog and is republished with permission. New Zealand has two metropolitan areas served by commuter rail systems; Auckland and Wellington. Wellington’s system has a long history of incremental development, including electrification over much of the network from the late 1930s onwards. It currently consists of three electrified lines … Continue reading Flashback – When Christchurch had Commuter Trains