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Old September 5th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #21
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Here's a mock up of the BBK bypass express-way currently under construction. Despite repeated attempts, I still cannot find a decent map online of it



And here's the proposed Airport Dr interchange.




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Manganone Hill 4-laning coming along well.



Some progress on the BBK end of the expressway. Looks like they're starting to build the interchange bridge. Finally, a chance to take some more exciting photo's!

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Wall puts gas line on solid ground


Construction foreman Jason Aim and Josh Craigie have been working with sub-contractor Craig McEwen on the Mangaone retaining wall in New Plymouth for the past six weeks. Their job is almost done.
The secret behind the "great wall of Waiwhakaiho" is out.
The impressive wood and steel retaining wall on the Mangaone hill leading into New Plymouth has gradually taken shape during the past two months.

It will ensure the stability of an eight inch (20cm) gas line on top of the hill should an earthquake strike.

A large part of the hill was recently carved away to make room for an extra road lane and cycle track as part of the Bell Block bypass project.

Construction foreman Jason Aim yesterday said such a retaining wall was not usually necessary but the gas line meant extra precautions had to be taken.

This would seem to scotch rumours it was being built to protect a Maori cemetery.

The wall has so far taken six weeks to build with many work days lost because of bad weather.

Mr Aim said the wall would be completed once more steel beams arrived.

Anchoring the wall to the hill are 6m steel rods drilled into the side.

The small gap between the wall and the hill is being filled with gravel and the top of the hill will be soon be carved back to a 45-degree angle for stability.
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I can vouch for this. Packed into a articulated bus with people squashed up against the doors! And that was just one of several in service on that route

Rugby Bus Shuttles a Huge Success

Thu 04 Sep 2008

All Blacks fans took to the free shuttle bus service last night (Wednesday) in numbers that exceeded expectations.

About 5,000 people chose to travel from the central city to Yarrow Stadium for last night’s rugby test match.

“That means a good 20 per cent of the total crowd at Yarrow Stadium travelled there by shuttle bus,” says Manager Recreation and Events Paul Nisbet.

“That’s a huge percentage, and completely beyond our expectations.

“We’re stoked the service ran so well and that the public took to it in such numbers.”

Ten buses ran in a continual loop from 5.30pm until the start of the game, and also returned fans to the central city after fulltime.

Tranzit Coachlines Taranaki Operations Manager Michelle Durdle says the last bus came off the road at 10.30pm.

“This service was a first for such a big event in Taranaki, but we knew that a lot of people would use it if they knew about it – and that’s how it turned out,” she says.

As well as the shuttle buses, the test match attracted about 45 chartered coaches – resulting in nearly one-third of the crowd arriving by some sort of bus transport.

“I’ve been in event management for 20 years in New Zealand and Australia and I’ve never seen such a large take-up of bus transport before,” says Mr Nisbet.
This is great to hear finally people are using public transport. To bad they dont use the weekly service. Does anyone nknow when the new times will be put in?
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This is great to hear finally people are using public transport. To bad they dont use the weekly service. Does anyone nknow when the new times will be put in?
October.

There'll be some route changes and increased services on most routes.
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And new buses
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November the Super Gold month in Taranaki
29 September 2008


Free off-peak bus travel for Super Gold Card holders will begin in Taranaki in November, coinciding with the introduction of new fare-paying technology.

The free travel scheme begins in larger centres on 1 October, with Taranaki among the areas where it will be rolled out later in the year.

“We’re also bringing in new electronic fare-paying technology for our City Link bus services in New Plymouth, Waitara and Oakura, so it makes sense to make these changes all at once, ensuring the systems are well-organised and aligned,” says the Taranaki Regional Council’s Director-Operations, Rob Phillips.

“We’ll announce more details closer to the launch date – Super Gold Card holders should watch out for the publicity.”

Free off-peak bus travel for Super Gold Card holders will apply to City Link services in New Plymouth, Waitara and Oakura, South Link services in Waverley, Hawera and Opunake, and the Inglewood-New Plymouth service.

The Super Gold Card is available to all eligible New Zealanders aged 65 or over and those under this age who receive the New Zealand Superannuation or the Veterans Pension. The card was launched in August 2007, providing access to business discounts, government and local authority services, entitlements and concessions.
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National rules out toll roads for Taranaki



Port Taranaki business development manager Jon Hacon, left, with National Party candidate for New Plymouth Jonathan Young and National transport spokesman Maurice Williamson at the port yesterday morning.



Funding big ticket national roading projects through public-private partnerships will have positive spinoffs for regional roads, National transport spokesman Maurice Williamson says.


In New Plymouth yesterday, Mr Williamson said National would increase public (government) spending on roads by $500 million a year, despite the sorry state of the country's coffers, and he also ruled out toll roads in Taranaki.

He said the extra money would be borrowed and would take the pool of public money available for the National Land Transport Fund to $1.5 billion a year.

But he also says National will use debt and public-private partnerships to pay for big roading infrastructure such as Wellington's Transmission Gully, meaning more of that $1.5 billion will be left over to develop and maintain regional roads.

"When you have got $1.5 billion to play with you soak that money up so quickly," he said.

"If you can take those biggies off the books and fund them through debt or public-private partnerships ... it frees up the public money.

"Taranaki will benefit.

"You've got a lot of projects that need to be done here."

And Mr Williamson says there is nothing unusual about going into debt to fund big capital projects.

"There's good debt and there's bad debt," he said.

"If you borrow for straight consumption that's bad debt. "But if you borrow for an investment that is going to grow and establish more return than servicing that debt will cost you, that's good debt.

"Ask any business you know here in New Plymouth did they build their last big capital investment with cash and they will say `no we went to the debt market'."

Mr Williamson says he cannot see any places in New Zealand outside of Auckland, Waikato and Wellington as having enough traffic volume to justify toll roads and there would be none for Taranaki.

"I can promise you your people wouldn't see toll roads unless they drive to Auckland," he said.

Yesterday, National leader John Key included investment in national infrastructure such as roads in a five-point economic recovery plan.
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Candidates drive home credentials

The Waiwhakaiho traffic bottleneck was the top local issue on the agenda at a Meet the Candidates evening in New Plymouth last night.


Four candidates for the New Plymouth seat gathered for the meeting and spoke before a small crowd on local and national issues.

Labour candidate and current MP Harry Duynhoven told the meeting he was delighted to say the job at Waiwhakaiho was already half done.

He said with the Bell Block bypass now under way along with a host of other roading projects such as the Rugby Rd re-alignment, the Tangahoe Bridge widening and planning for a new Normanby overbridge, he was happy with the job he had done for the region's roading network.

National candidate Jonathan Young told the meeting a six-lane bridge was needed fast because of New Plymouth's projected future growth. Mr Young said under a National government the work would be more likely to happen quickly because of private/public partnership toll roads in Auckland and Wellington freeing up public roading funds.

Act's Chris Albers said the bridge needed to be at least six lanes and he would also like to see a second bridge put in somewhere else. He said Act would work to ensure funding was made available for roading projects.

And independent candidate Rusty Kane said as well as improvements at the Waiwhakaiho bridge, New Plymouth also needed a ring road. He said council investment funds could be used to invest in New Plymouth roads.

Mr Kane said he was standing as an independent candidate promoting New Plymouth's interests. "I put New Plymouth issues first, not a party's. The other parties, they put their party interests first and then New Plymouth."

Mr Duynhoven largely focused on the achievements of the Labour Government over the past nine years in areas like apprenticeships and training schemes, employment rates and investment in schools and infrastructure.

"We have done a huge job in picking New Zealand up by the belt straps," he said. He also pointed out his loyalty to New Plymouth. "I'm born and bred in New Plymouth. I haven't left, it's my home. I want the very best for our city," he said.

Mr Young said while it was true he had left Taranaki as a young man, he returned with skills and experiences.

In response to a specific question from the audience, Mr Young later said he was trying to make arrangements to stay in New Plymouth regardless of who won the election.

"I'm a Taranakian, I was born and bred here," Mr Young said. "Part of that is to find a job and perhaps that's something both Harry and I are thinking about."

Mr Albers didn't pretend to expect to push Mr Duynhoven or Mr Young in the race for the New Plymouth seat.

The Act candidate said he was after people's party votes.

"We're not greedy, give your electorate vote to anyone you please but give your party vote to Act," he said.

"If you want to see a change of government vote National but if you would like to see New Zealand move in a new direction vote Act and we will hold their feet to the fire."
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Duynhoven is right - The jobs nearly half done... after 35 years. Good stuff.

I especially like how he 'rolled over' on the issue when the project was put on indefinite hold for the Tauranga Harbour Bridge expansion (read appease a coalition partner , stating that "unfortunately the money just isn't there" and that there was "nothing he could do about it", but now takes credit for the BBK Bypass. LOL!
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Good things come in threes on bus services
30 October 2008
Taranaki Regional Council media release

Next month will bring major enhancements to public bus services in and around New Plymouth.

Introduced by the Taranaki Regional Council which contracts operators to provide local bus services in the region, the changes include:

*New fare-paying technology for urban New Plymouth and Waitara routes, based on smart cards.

*6pm commuter services on the four urban New Plymouth weekday routes.

*Free off-peak travel on all Taranaki local bus services for people who hold Super Gold Cards. This includes City Link off-peak services, Inglewood-New Plymouth services and all South Link services.

The new smart cards, and free off-peak travel for Super Gold Card holders, will be introduced from Saturday, 1 November. The new 6pm services will operate from Monday, 3 November, on Routes 333 (Marfell/Spotswood), 444 (Westown/Hospital), 555 (Vogeltown/Frankleigh) and 777 (Merrilands/Fitzroy).
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30 October 2008
Taranaki Regional Council media release

Next month will bring major enhancements to public bus services in and around New Plymouth.

Introduced by the Taranaki Regional Council which contracts operators to provide local bus services in the region, the changes include:

*New fare-paying technology for urban New Plymouth and Waitara routes, based on smart cards.

*6pm commuter services on the four urban New Plymouth weekday routes.

*Free off-peak travel on all Taranaki local bus services for people who hold Super Gold Cards. This includes City Link off-peak services, Inglewood-New Plymouth services and all South Link services.

The new smart cards, and free off-peak travel for Super Gold Card holders, will be introduced from Saturday, 1 November. The new 6pm services will operate from Monday, 3 November, on Routes 333 (Marfell/Spotswood), 444 (Westown/Hospital), 555 (Vogeltown/Frankleigh) and 777 (Merrilands/Fitzroy).
I don't really think this is good enough for our public transport system. They should be putting in more buses in peak hour traffic rather than just having later buses after most of the traffic is gone. What i also don't like is that we got the old Palmerston North buses and they got brand new ones????
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Yes, they are ex-Palmy, ex-Masterton, ex-Brisbane Ansair's. New ones are coming apparently.

I would have like to have seen:

*Fitzroy-Bell Block being combined into a single route and extending out into the industrial areas in the East,
*Extension of Merrilands into Highlands Park/Mangorei (with separation from Fitzroy)
*General route changes to allow 30 min service intervals during peak and 1hour off peak with services running from 7AM to 6.30PM

But I guess it's a case of gradually building up the services so as not to incur large costs on the rate-payers.

In the early 1990's most of the city was serviced at 15 min intervals but mind you, patronage was at 1.1M passenger journeys PA in 1991. Today New Plymouth is scraping 350,000 PA, despite the population having grown.

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This adds to the topics on the threads above

Smart cards available on buses

City Link smart card.

Drivers of the Tranzit Coachlines City Link buses on the four weekday urban services, the weekday Route 888 Waitara service, and the two weekend services, Routes 222 (NP West) and 999 (NP East), will both sell and recharge the new plastic “smart cards” that store fare money.

The fare is debited when the user simply waves the card over an electronic reader. Travel is automatically at the 10-trip discount rate, and the old 10-trip ticket cards will continue to be available.

The cards will cost an initial $15 to buy, which includes $10 worth of discounted bus travel. The minimum recharge will be $10.

Their benefits include flexibility – they can be used for one-off journeys as well as regular commuter trips – and convenience, with passengers no longer having to worry about having cash on them.

6pm services just the beginning

The introduction of 6pm services on the four urban New Plymouth routes follows a commuter survey earlier this year when passengers and potential users indicated that later buses were needed.

“This is just the beginning and obviously we are wanting to introduce new morning services as well,” says the Taranaki Regional Council’s Director-Operations, Rob Phillips.

“We are working through some issues regarding availability of buses for school runs and aim to have concrete proposals in the New Year.

“We’re also looking hard at how we can enhance the Waitara and Oakura services.”


Super Gold trips free for thousands in Taranaki

Super Gold card. Super Gold Card for Veterans.

More than 15,000 Taranaki people stand to benefit from the Government’s move to provide free off-peak bus travel to Super Gold Card holders, Mr Phillips says.

“The 2006 Census recorded that nearly 15,500 people in this region were 65 or over, and the Super Gold Card is also available to younger people who receive New Zealand Superannuation or the Veterans Pension.”

All South Link services (Waverley-Hawera, Opunake-Hawera and Opunake-New Plymouth) and the Inglewood-New Plymouth service fall within the 9am-3pm offpeak period, so they will be free to Super Gold Card holders.

In New Plymouth, City Link services between 9am and 3pm, and all City Link weekend services, will be free to Super Gold Card holders.

For more information, see www.taranakibus.info.

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Card holders strike gold on southern and coastal buses
30 October 2008
Taranaki Regional Council media release

Super Gold Card. Super Gold Card for Veterans.

Local bus trips in South and Coastal Taranaki will be free for Super Gold Card holders from the beginning of November – and thousands of people stand to benefit.

New Zealanders aged 65 and over are eligible for the card, along with younger people who are receiving NZ Superannuation or the Veterans Pension.

After 1 November, card holders will pay nothing to ride on the weekly South Link bus services linking Waverley and Hawera, Opunake and Hawera, and Opunake and New Plymouth. That’s because all these services fall within the 9am-3pm definition of “off-peak services” to which the Super Gold Card concession applies nationally.

Also free will be the weekly Inglewood-New Plymouth service, along with 9am-3pm weekday services and all Saturday services on the City Link routes in New Plymouth and its surrounds.

South Link, Inglewood-New Plymouth and City Link bus services are provided under contract to the Taranaki Regional Council, which expects strong interest in the new Super Gold Card concession.

“Census figures from 2006 show there are nearly 15,500 people aged 65-plus in the region, and anywhere up to a third of these are in the smaller centres or rural areas,” says the Council’s Director-Operations, Rob Phillips.

“We’re sure they’ll appreciate being able to catch a free bus to and from Hawera or New Plymouth, or perhaps taking advantage of the service while in New Plymouth. It not only saves money but also saves the hassle of getting around busier urban areas by car.”

The move coincides with the introduction in New Plymouth of smart-card fare-paying technology and extra evening commuter services on some routes. For more information, see www.taranakibus.info.
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Fitzroy traffic change tipped
A right-hand turn for traffic off Northgate into Fitzroy at the Waiwhakaiho Bridge could be blocked under a proposal being considered by the New Plymouth District Council.

Access from Northgate to Devon St East would be replaced by a new on-ramp that would direct west-bound traffic to Paynters Ave.

This would then require Fitzroy-bound traffic to get to the suburb via the Paynters Ave-Devon St inter-section, where a roundabout or lights would need to be installed.

And the council is warning that if this change became a reality, it could dramatically change the nature of the Fitzroy shopping centre, making it more of a destination and less of a through route.

Retailers contacted by the Taranaki Daily News yesterday saw positives and negatives in this.

Shoe retailer John Brbich said the change would be great.

"It wouldn't worry us, because we're a destination shop," he said.

"We could do without all that traffic that continually pours through the Fitzroy shopping area with stopping. It would make it a lot more pleasant."

But Mr Brbich agreed that other retailers, including food outlets and the local bakery, might object to such a change because they rely more on trade from through traffic.

Pharmacy owner Geoff Allen said the change would unnecessarily make it more difficult to get to Fitzroy, which might have an impact on retail trade.

"But then again, there's an awful lot of traffic that goes through the shopping area without stopping.

"And that includes a lot of very large trucks. So there would be good and bad," he said.

This proposal has emerged as the council refines future plans to ease critical traffic congestion on New Plymouth's northern outlet.

A strategic plan, jointly prepared by the council and Transit New Zealand, was released in May this year, and project feasibility reports on individual parts of the plans have now been prepared to establish whether more detailed investigation is justified.

A report now doing the rounds of council committee meetings says that apart from potentially changing the nature of the Fitzroy shopping centre, this new proposal could also seriously impact on traffic flows along Paynters Ave.

"Increased traffic on Paynters Ave could also adversely impact on traffic (including pedestrian and cycle traffic) in the vicinity of Sacred Heart Girls' College," it says.

"The model also showed that if an off-ramp were provided from Northgate on to Paynters Ave, a significant number of vehicles would use Paynters Ave and either Rimu or Lismore streets to avoid the Northgate/Mangorei Rd inter-section.

"This is highly undesirable - and extra modelling work has been commissioned to test the effect if such a manoeuvre were effectively banned."
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This does seem the most logical choice and I don't think large trucks will use the Paynters Avenue off-ramp much if they redesign the Courtenay St/Leech St/Hobston St/Northgate intersection so that traffic can turn right into Hobson St,.



Another more expensive option would be to build a full interchange at Devon Rd/Northgate with flyovers inbound to and outbound from Fitzroy, from the Waiwhakaiho Bridge. But the strategic roading study (below) shows six lanes heading to a set of traffic lights!

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Waiwhakaiho rush-hour gridlock rears its ugly head again


Traffic heading in and out of New Plymouth through Fitzroy and across the Waiwhakaiho Bridge came to a stop yesterday.

A broken-down car near New Plymouth's Waiwhakaiho Bridge caused gridlock during rush hour traffic yesterday and once again highlighted the perils of having only one main northern route out of the city.

Traffic was backed up along Northgate to the Waiwhakaiho Hill after the car broke down about 9am.

Devon St East also looked like a parking lot with vehicles backed up to the bridge crossing the Te Henui Stream.

A trip from New Plymouth's CBD to Fitzroy took more than 20 minutes with traffic moving at a crawl.

The stretch of road is a notorious bottleneck for traffic heading into and leaving the city.

Emergency services and transport operators have expressed concerns at only having one main route north.

Yesterday's situation was not helped by motorists who insisted on leaving large spaces between vehicles, despite only moving at 30km/h.

New Plymouth Fire Brigade chief fire officer Pat Fitzell said submissions had been made to the New Plymouth District Council about the bridge.

Mr Fitzell said it was fortunate traffic jams had not prevented firefighters from reaching callouts on the other side of the bridge but warned it could happen one day.

Delays could result in the loss of life or property.

"If a decent fire gets hold of a house it doesn't take that long to become fully involved," Mr Fitzell said.

He would like to see an alternative route built as soon as possible.

"The wider the better."

Constable Graeme Jones said the car stopped while attempting to turn right into Fitzroy from SH3, just over the Waiwhakaiho Bridge.

Police were able to keep traffic moving although progress was slow.

Mr Jones congratulated drivers for their patience. A mechanic was called to get the broken down car going again.
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Long road to second river crossing


By ROB MAETZIG rob.maetzig@tnl.co.nz - Taranaki Daily News | Friday, 21 November 2008


Planners look to have settled on a preferred location for New Plymouth's new bridge over the Waiwhakaiho River.

If built, the bridge will connect William St in Highlands Park with Smart Rd at its intersection with Dorset Rd.

But it won't happen for at least 40 years - with growing east-west traffic congestion along New Plymouth's main transport corridor being eased in the interim via a doubling of the size of the existing Waiwhakaiho bridge at Fitzroy.

Confirmation of the preferred location for the new river crossing is contained in a progress report on a study designed to forecast New Plymouth's future transport needs.

District councillors were briefed on the progress last week.

NPDC general manager of community assets Anthony Wilson said the route for the new bridge and associated roading was now likely to be confirmed within 12 months.

"It will need appropriate protection in the District Plan, with the longer-term future in mind," he said.

A total of seven river crossing options were tested during the latest modelling, and the Highlands Park-Smart Rd option came out tops because it offers the most potential to spread out New Plymouth's east-west traffic flows.

The modelling shows that during morning peak traffic the new crossing had the potential to reduce vehicle journey times by more than 9%, and during the afternoon peak the reduction in times could be as much as 26%. This modelling also shows traffic using the bridge would then get to central New Plymouth by taking a southern route along Branch Rd and on to Coronation Ave.


It took 30 years to get the BBK express-way, now what 40 to get another bridge?
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