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  • #16
    Interesting to read about the possibility of Auckland having 4 underground railway stations by 2016. Although Brisbane is bigger by approximately 500, 000 people and has a great rail system, that would indicate Auckland will have the same amount or could even be ahead of Brisbane in getting underground rail.

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    • #17
      I believe NZ transport can be divided between private car transport and public transport.

      Most major transport projects are currently being devoted to Auckland. This is more a remedial catch up process than anything. After DECADES of the state milking Aucklander's of their transport tax and spending it on other - including non transport related - schemes. This under investment has greatly exacerbated the current congestion problems in Auckland.

      Sites to visit - Transit NZ
      Auckland Motorways
      Project DART

      AMETI
      Campaign for Better Transport
      Auckland Airport
      Wellington Airport
      Christchurch Airport
      ARTA
      Fullers

      So a list and status of CURRENT projects - which I've divided in private transport and public transport.

      PRIVATE TRANSPORT

      * SH1 Northern Motorway TOLLWAY extension - Project ALPURT B2 $335m
      Expect completion early 2009.

      Currently the largest single ongoing project.
      7.5 km initially 4 lane motorway standard.


      Full diamond interchange at current terminus of Orewa.
      Nukumea Eco-viaduct 180m long.
      Otanerua Eco-viaduct 256 metres long.


      Waiwera Viaduct 537 metres long.


      Johnstone's Hill Twin Tunnels Each tunnel 345 metres long, width 12 metres, height 9 metres.

      * Upper Harbour Motorway of the Western Ring Route $324m
      Expected completion late 2011.

      Greenhithe section connects SH1 Northern Motorway through constellation drive with Upper Harbour Bridge and will be complete late 2007.
      Full diamond interchange at Constellation Drive.
      Full diamond interchange at Albany highway.


      Half diamond interchange at Greenhithe Rd for east on and west off.
      Half diamond interchange at Tauhinu Rd for west on and east off.

      Upper Harbour Bridge duplication is completed and will fully open end of 2007.
      Original bridge was a 2 lane highway with substandard pedestrian/cycle facilities. Will change to 2 lanes west (downhill) bound.
      Duplicate bridge is the same style with 3 lanes east (uphill) bound. Plus a dedicated cycle/pedestrian lane.

      Hobsonville section is the last 8km of this new motorway.

      Construction expected to begin 2008 with completion 2011.

      Half diamond interchange at Buckley Ave for east on and west off ramps.
      Full diamond interchange at Brigham Creek Rd.
      Half diamond interchange at Trigg Rd for west on and east off ramps.
      Motorway to motorway interchange at Massey for SH16 and SH18.

      * Mt Roskill SH20 extension $186m.

      Expected completion mid 2009. Component of the West Ring Route.

      Initially 4 lanes with...
      Full diamond interchange at Hillsborough Rd.
      Hayr Road is being overbridged.
      Keith Hay Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge.


      Full diamond interchange at Dominion Rd.

      Also a rail corridor is included along it's length for future connection of Onehunga with Avondale.

      * Manukau Extension SH1 - SH20 $260m

      Expected completion December 2010. Component of the West Ring Route.
      South Western (SH20) Motorway extension to connect with SH1 plus rail spur into Manukau city center. 4.5 km.



      Full Interchange with Puhuni Rd (westbound highway direct to Auckland Internation Airport).
      Full Interchabge with Nesdale Rd. This and Puhuni roads actually supported by dedicated service lanes.
      Parclo interchange with Lambie Dr.
      Full Motorway to motorway interchange SH1 to SH20.

      * Waikato Expressway

      This is a project made up of 8 distinct individual components. Two are currently complete. It provides 4 lane grade separated expressway and by passes of urban areas from the Auckland motorway system to just south of the township of Cambridge.

      Mercer to Longswamp 12km $82m COMPLETE


      Longswamp to Te Kauwhata 5km $20 to $100m Due to start 2013.

      Rangiriri 4.5km <$100m Due to start 2013.

      Rangiriri to South of Ohinewai 10km $24m COMPLETE

      Huntly Bypass 15km Currently outside transits 10yr forecast

      Ngaruawahia Bypass 12km Currently outside transits 10yr forecast

      Hamilton Bypass 25km Currently outside transits 10yr forecast

      Cambridge Bypass 11km due to start 2013.


      * East Tamaki Connection $66m Completed 2007

      New Interchange into the new Highbrook Commercial zone.



      * Harbour Link - Tauranga Central Corridor $255m Completed 2010

      A 2 stage project. Stage 1 4 lane Hewlett's Rd flyover completed September 2007.
      Stage 2 under construction - like Auckland's upper harbour bridge, Tauranga's Harbour bridge is only 2 lanes. This project will also create a second duplicate bridge alongside the current one providing separated dual carriage ways..


      PUBLIC TRANSPORT

      Esentially 3 huge projects under or about to get underway. 2 in Auckland and 1 in Wellington.

      * Northshore Bus Rapid Transit - BRT
      Busway $210m from transit NZ
      Esmonde $48m interchange form transit NZ
      Bus Stations $84m from North Shore City and Auckland Regional Council

      Total $342m Busway itself and final stations complet 2008



      Stations at Albany (offline) and Constellation Rd (online) opened end of 2005.


      Esmonde Rd interchange rebuild completed 2007.


      Onewa Rd interchange rebuild due for completion early 2009.


      * Project Dart majority of the Governments $600m input into Public transport.

      Made up of...
      # Western Line duplication - largely complete
      # trenching of the New Lynn station and 1.5 km of track.
      expected to start late 2007
      # Newmarket station redevelopment

      # Manukau City link
      # Rebuild all other Stations
      # Now the under grounding of Panmure station
      # electrification entire network by 2013

      * Wellington Rail remander of that $600m above
      # Wellington central station rebuild
      # upgrades to several stations
      # new electric rail fleet
      # new lines/twin lining to Mana and Kapiti

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      • #18
        nz transport discussion.

        Awesome, its great to see so much going on in New Zealand. The area of Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auckland have a population which is about half the population of New Zealand. I believe it is the fastest growing region in Australasia after South East Queensland.

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        • #19
          Are they having public floats to fund some of these projects? This could speed things along.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by metroman View Post
            Are they having public floats to fund some of these projects? This could speed things along.
            They should. But having a left wing government this remains unlikely for the time being.

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            • #21
              I believe an election is looming over there soon. I don't know a great deal about politics in NZ. Rail travel still has along to go to break the over dependence on cars in Auckland. Auckland should have had a good rail system decades ago had they not stuffed up back then, it is realistic to assume Auckland would be much better off economically and a bigger city. Private investment in infrastructure is happening in many places it is the way of the future. Some governments hold things over the public for so long because they fear they will loose popularity.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by metroman View Post
                I believe an election is looming over there soon. I don't know a great deal about politics in NZ. Rail travel still has along to go to break the over dependence on cars in Auckland. Auckland should have had a good rail system decades ago had they not stuffed up back then, it is realistic to assume Auckland would be much better off economically and a bigger city. Private investment in infrastructure is happening in many places it is the way of the future. Some governments hold things over the public for so long because they fear they will loose popularity.
                Local body - city and regional council - elections happened in October. Re Auckland and it's 7 competing governing bodies, the ARC is status quo, Auckland City reverted to the penny pinching reactionary uber conservatives under John Banks but the North Shore has a pro PT council. The others are basically status quo.

                National elections are due October 2008.

                Electrification of Auckland's network is picking up speed. The ARC under the central government deadline of 2013 is actually now aiming for 2011. Tenders have been called for EMU's.

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                • #23
                  That sounds good, I believe they may use some of the trains that are to be used in Wellington from Korea. It would be good to get this thread going particularly one on Wellington which is really going nicely with its new trains and proposed rail upgrades. It would be awesome to see Canterbury get commuter rail.

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                  • #24
                    I wish they would get the Waterview connection sorted.

                    Mt Roskill extenion is great untill you get to Manakau Bridge construction.

                    Still waiting for Waikato Expressway to be complete

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