Why people oppose good transport policy – central city speed limits

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Further speed limit changes have been approved in Christchurch’s inner city, which will see a number of roads changed from 50 kilometres per hour to 30 kilometres per hour. This decision was made despite overwhelming opposition from the submissions process. Cue outrage. “It’ll take … Continue reading Why people oppose good transport policy – central city speed limits

Funding transport projects outside of Auckland – there is a problem

This post first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. I read this morning in the paper (Dominion Post) that the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) package of transport projects, due to be announced late last year, is still stalled in the water over funding issues. This illustrates a problem that I … Continue reading Funding transport projects outside of Auckland – there is a problem

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’

Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

When you promise much but deliver little. This post first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. There are two interesting developments in train (no pun intended… sort of) at the moment in two New Zealand cities. In Wellington, the new bus network, based on the hub and spoke model, is being … Continue reading Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

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