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Old April 7th, 2019, 05:40 AM   #1081
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Oh great...
Let’s get Wellington moving has now become a “50-year-plan for transport”, which is code for promising everything to everybody , but with minimal timetables and presumably even less funding as the nltp runs in 3 yeast blocks and the longest local government planning is a 10 year plan.

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But a 50-year-plan for transport, called Let's Get Wellington Moving, will be released in the next few weeks, and billions of dollars of investment was planned for the city, he said
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/busin...-to-see-action

If this is true there are going to be a whole pile of really grumpy people around Wellington
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Old April 7th, 2019, 09:49 AM   #1082
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Oh great...
Let’s get Wellington moving has now become a “50-year-plan for transport”, which is code for promising everything to everybody , but with minimal timetables and presumably even less funding as the nltp runs in 3 yeast blocks and the longest local government planning is a 10 year plan.



https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/busin...-to-see-action

If this is true there are going to be a whole pile of really grumpy people around Wellington
""""If this is true there are going to be a whole pile of really grumpy people around Wellington"""""

Going to be? Too late already methinks!
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Old April 7th, 2019, 10:57 AM   #1083
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""""If this is true there are going to be a whole pile of really grumpy people around Wellington"""""

Going to be? Too late already methinks!
Possibly trus,
But there was always the promise that things might get made better in the future,

if its now a "50 year plan" then I have a feeling it could turn into "torches and pitchforks" , at least at local body elections.....
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Old April 7th, 2019, 02:49 PM   #1084
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Sounds like long grass shit to me. 50 years is alll nice and good for some basic vision, but people should concentrate on what is deliverable within 1, 2, 5 and 10 years max.
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Old April 7th, 2019, 04:30 PM   #1085
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Ffs...It's not hard to at least get a start on by putting extra 24-hour bus lanes in and additional bus priority! Though of course, since it is run by the absolute trainwreck and shitstains called the GWRC and NZBus, I doubt anything is going to improve until either the GWRC is voted out, NZBus vanishes and/or the Central Government steps in.

Torches and pitchforks? I certainly hope so!
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Old April 10th, 2019, 10:05 AM   #1086
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Petone Grenada Road pushed back a decade

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111...-back-a-decade.

which really means never going to be built.
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Old April 10th, 2019, 10:10 PM   #1087
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I saw all the massive cuttings that would have to be done in the video and instantly thought the Petone-Grenada Road was never going to be built with that kind of design after the 2016 Quake.
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Old April 15th, 2019, 06:38 AM   #1088
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From Metlink:



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We are pleased to announce that from Monday 15 April there will be an additional carriage added on the busiest Wairarapa service, the 4:25pm from Wellington to Masterton. This nine carriage train will be the longest passenger service on the Metlink network by almost 20m. It will provide an additional 64 seats to Wairarapa peak services which are continuing to grow in popularity.

Due to the length of the train we have isolated the door at the southernmost end (closest to Wellington). This means that while the carriage is able to be used, the southern-most door will be locked off for use. The shorter platforms at Waterloo and Petone also mean that passengers will need to board and disembark the service from the three carriages at the north end, closest to Masterton.

Since the nine carriage trial which was held in late 2018 we have been working through the changes required to run a train which is considerably longer than any other. These changes included:

- Extending the Wellington rail yard to fit the extra carriage
- Measuring and labelling new 9 carriage stopping marks at all Wairarapa station platforms
- Working with our team onboard to find a safe process for stopping at platforms with different lengths and therefore different door operations
- Testing and improving the onboard radio communications system
- Working with our ground crew on the berthing and carriage arrangements in Wellington and Masterton before and after each passenger service.


We are continuing to look at options and funding for extending the platforms at Featherston, Woodside and Carterton so that the longer train can fit on the platform.

Since November 2018 we have been running a reconfigured eight carriage train with a mixture of carriage types which provided an additional 34 seats which was in place until the nine carriage train could be operated. This change was introduced following a passenger poll where 75% of respondents voted for this interim measure.

What next for the Wairarapa line?

The only other way to add additional capacity to the Wairarapa rail service would be to purchase additional carriages, or change the timetable and make significant improvements to the signal and points infrastructure on the entire line. These project represent a major investment, and business cases have been put forward to improve the capacity long term.

Greater Wellington Regional Council welcomed significant investment in the region’s railways, with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) announcing $193 million in funding in November 2018 to improve the infrastructure and capacity on the region’s rail lines. This includes $96 million in track renewals, largely on the Wairarapa Line. For more details about this project work visit the KiwiRail website . You can visit the Maintaining our Railways page for more information about the work that is carried out during planned bus replacements.
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Old May 31st, 2019, 04:09 AM   #1089
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Following the divestment of NZ Bus by Infratil,

today they announced the have sold Snapper to investment fund Allectus capital
https://www.nzx.com/announcements/335371

Allectus' other investments in this part of the world include Afterpay
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Old May 31st, 2019, 10:22 AM   #1090
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Wellington metro rail gets $44m in the Budget: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-pos...n-budget-boost

It seems to have come as a complete surprise, so much so that no one seems to know what to do with it yet. It's not exactly a huge amount so I'm sure it'll get snapped up in no time.

I guess with the Auckland city rail link getting topped up so much, the Govt thought they'd have to put some money our way.
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Old May 31st, 2019, 06:39 PM   #1091
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It's a bit odd than it isn't earmarked for anything specifically.

Trentham-UH doubling I thought was starting around now too. But there is plenty $44m could do in terms of station improvements (some of the bays/through platforms or extensions in Wairarapa, maybe the fourth throat line) - it wouldn't get us to Otaki with wires though.
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It's a bit odd than it isn't earmarked for anything specifically.

Trentham-UH doubling I thought was starting around now too. But there is plenty $44m could do in terms of station improvements (some of the bays/through platforms or extensions in Wairarapa, maybe the fourth throat line) - it wouldn't get us to Otaki with wires though.
Talking about station improvements, doesn't the Wellington Railway Station need quite a significant earthquake strengthening programme? And now that Winston has decided that it should remain publicly owned (and I can only agree with him) Kiwirail will need a good chunk of money for the project - though $44m isn't going to cut it I'm afraid.

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The 81-year-old building is between 45-55 per cent of new building standards - anything below 34 per cent is considered earthquake-prone. Treasury says that work needs to be done within five years and will cost at least $50 million.
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Old June 6th, 2019, 02:30 AM   #1093
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Wellington metro rail gets $44m in the Budget: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-pos...n-budget-boost

It seems to have come as a complete surprise, so much so that no one seems to know what to do with it yet. It's not exactly a huge amount so I'm sure it'll get snapped up in no time.

I guess with the Auckland city rail link getting topped up so much, the Govt thought they'd have to put some money our way.
The money is not a surprise, and it is not new money.
the government just re announced something from 2017...

It is the so far unspent portion of the $98million announced in 2017 by Steven Joyce for the “Wellington Metro Rail upgrade.” Budget 2017 (page 182) allocated this funding over 4 years:

2017 – $24.6million,
2018 – $41million,
2019 – $28million,
2020 – $4.8million.
https://treasury.govt.nz/sites/defau...7-v1-trans.pdf

In the supplementary estimates for 2018 (released in the 2019 budget), they pushed $11million from 2018 forward in 2019 because it had not been spent yet. (Page 862).

https://treasury.govt.nz/sites/defau...est19trans.pdf

So that’s $39million of the $44million “surprise” – and I suspect the remaining $5million is the $4.8million allocated for 2020/21.
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