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Old June 2nd, 2016, 06:41 PM   #201
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Auckland City Rail Link breaks ground
02 Jun 2016



NEW ZEALAND: Work officially started on the Auckland City Rail Link on June 2 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the city centre rail tunnel.

The 3·4 km route will connect the current Britomart terminus with the Western Line at Mt Eden. This is expected to double capacity on the rail network, reduce headways and cut journey times by eliminating the need for trains to reverse at Britomart

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Old June 2nd, 2016, 10:56 PM   #202
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So happy that this was announced. Will make things so much easier for my family in the future there.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 12:21 AM   #203
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Here we go - a few of the more unique transport forms in Auckland.

First up is a view of the Auckland Ferry Building. Many people forget that ferries are an integral part of the Auckland transportation network. The ferry building in the centre of the city is pretty amazing.






Here is a little view of one of the Auckland Railway stations on the southern line next to the Southern Motorway. Ellerslie serves the inner suburb of the same name.






The Auckland to Devonport ferry is quite an amazing journey. I really enjoy taking the ferry when I am back. So quick, and so much more scenic than driving to Devonport. When you head back from Devonport (second half of the video) you get some amazing views of Auckland CBD.






Here is a nice view of the journey between Newmarket and Britomart. You get some nice CBD shots in the middle of the video.

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Old June 24th, 2016, 12:04 AM   #204
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Few more videos showcasing some of the more interesting transport in Auckland - in fact the Northern Busway.

Here is a typical station of the Northern Busway on the North Shore - Akoranga.






Here is a journey from the city centre over the harbour bridge to Akoranga and back. You get some amazing views of the city from the bridge. I actually really miss this view.

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Old June 27th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #205
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Auckland heavy rail link to airport ruled out

Auckland's transport agency has ruled out a commuter rail link to the city's airport, saying a light-rail or tram system is a likelier choice.

The agency's board has today decided to focus on weighing up trams, or possibly a high-tech bus link that might not be built for more than a decade.

Its chair Lester Levy said while commuter rail could carry more people, it would have cost twice as much as light rail.

"We have to look at value for money and we have to be realistic about that and when we look at heavy rail versus the other options, discounting heavy rail becomes a virtual no-brainer. We have to use the funds in the best possible way."

A dedicated public transport link is at least a decade away, leaving time to also weigh up high-tech bus options, he said.

More detail on the project may come from talks in progress between the council and the government on Auckland's transport priorities.

Councillor Mike Lee said earlier today it would be a mistake to write off a commuter rail link to Auckland airport.

Mr Lee, who is also on the board of Auckland Transport, told Morning Report conventional rail lines are already within 10 kilometres of the airport, and any decisions made should keep that option open.

"There is a preference among Auckland Transport staff, since the last two or three years, for light rail - and that may be fine - but why would you totally foreclose, discount any heavy rail option? Light rail does not exist."

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Light rail a priority for Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff

A light rail line from Wynyard Quarter to Dominion Rd costing $1 billion to $1.3b is a top priority for Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff[...]
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Phil will be a poor replacement for Len Brown. At least Len had charisma. Phil Goff failed as labour leader due to being unable to inspire anyone. Fingers crossed he learned from that...
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Rail link to Auckland's North Shore prioritised in transport plan

The eastern side of Auckland Harbour Bridge where the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing tunnel is planned to be built[...]
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Labour wants light rail through Auckland CBD

The Labour Party has announced it will invest in the construction of a light rail line in Auckland from Mt Roskill to the CBD, if it wins next year's election[...]
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The Labour Party has announced it will invest in the construction of a light rail line in Auckland from Mt Roskill to the CBD, if it wins next year's election[...]
And the chances of that happening are slim to none.
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Nice idea. What kind of light rail do they want? Is it with a low floor tram that can be easy integrated in streets? Or something that is looking more between a local train and a tram?
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Mt Roskill light rail proposal met with mixed response

The idea of trams hurtling down Auckland's Dominion Rd has prompted mixed responses among the public[...]
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"Sharp increase in Aucklanders using Ōtāhuhu Station"

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From Rail Journal

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Bids invited for Auckland City Rail Link contract
Friday, February 03, 2017



CITY Rail Link has issued a call for tender to pre-qualify by March 1 for the C3 stations and tunnels package of the $NZ 3bn ($US 2.18bn) project to build a cross-city line in Auckland, New Zealand

C3 is the largest work package and will interface with many of the other work packages. It includes the design, construction and system testing and commissioning of the majority of the stations and tunnels, while working with the C7 contractor, which covers systems, integration, testing and commissioning, which is responsible for fire and life safety, tunnel ventilation and fire engineering, track, electrification, communications and signalling, systems engineering and achieving operational readiness

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Parnell railway station construction, November 2016:
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Auckland opens Parnell station
15 Mar 2017





NEW ZEALAND: A new station serving the eastern side of Auckland’s city centre was officially opened on March 13. Located on the site of former railway sidings on the steeply-graded climb from Britomart terminus to the junction at Newmarket, Parnell station is intended to serve the Auckland Domain, the University of Auckland and AUT.

Expected to cost NZ$18·9m, the station is being developed in two phases. The NZ$12m first phase provides a basic station and platforms. These are connected via an existing underpass which links Parnell with the Auckland Domain, while a new footpath is being constructed to improve access to the surrounding area

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Westfield Station closing permanently from 12 March 2017

Auckland Transport will cease all passenger operations to and from Westfield Station from close of service on 11 March 2017. The last train to stop at Westfield Station will be the Southern Line service to Papakura at 12.53am on the early morning of Sunday 12 March

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Auckland mulls battery-electric train order
July 21, 2017



AUCKLAND Council is expected to decide next week whether to proceed with an order for 17 battery-electric multiple units, which would replace DMUs on services on suburban services to Pukekohe

The trains would operate under electric power between Britomart and Papakura, where they would switch to battery mode for the remainder of the journey to Pukekohe. At present passengers have to change from electric to connecting diesel services at Papakura

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