Written By: - Date published: 1:49 am, June 6th, 2023 - 53 comments
How does regional rail fit into the biggest story on the planet?
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, April 19th, 2020 - 122 comments
“The Greens are highlighting fast intercity rail improvements as the type of climate-friendly, job-creating project that should be prioritised for post-COVID-19 economic stimulus investment.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, November 16th, 2017 - 223 comments
“two multinational companies are demanding the removal of long-standing terms and conditions in the collective agreement.”
Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, August 18th, 2017 - 54 comments
National has let regional rail services rust away but the Greens in government will restore rail as the backbone of New Zealand’s transport system, for freight and for people
Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, May 9th, 2016 - 19 comments
A fully laden logging truck tears up the road like thousands of cars. And when they keep rolling over around the corner, locals get very nervous and upset for themselves and their kids.
Written By: - Date published: 1:08 am, November 26th, 2013 - 99 comments
Ok, I know this image has a lot of issues. It is a 256 color animated gif. Dithered to hell. Bad colour balance, tilt and even a moving focus point. But it certainly makes its point about what kind of road space we’re paying for to inefficiently fill with cars? Have the idiots at NZTA and in this incompetent National government not read their own statistics? Roads aren’t filling up. Public transport does.
Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, June 15th, 2012 - 11 comments
Iain Lees-Galloway has been leading an admirable campaign to keep Palmy North’s Capital Connection.
His latest effort is to have petition (online & offline versions) to present to Parliament at the end of the month. It has to be then, because it’s expected that the government (through NZTA) will cut the service in July or August.
Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, October 30th, 2011 - 130 comments
Labour has just over-shadowed Key’s big smile and wave show today – where he is expected to reannounce spending – with another big policy. Labour will cancel National’s Holiday Highway. With the money saved, they will make the existing road safe, and go 50-50 with the Auckland council to fund the CBD rail-loop and get Auckland moving sustainably.
Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, November 25th, 2010 - 25 comments
It’s official: the Auckland CBD rail loop would bring more benefit to the country for its cost than any of National’s ‘Roads of National Significance’. And that’s even before we talk about peak oil. Any rational government would put the money into the project that gets most benefit for the taxpayer buck. Not this one.
Written By: - Date published: 12:24 pm, May 24th, 2010 - 84 comments
We don’t expect the state highway network to turn a profit but we know it contributes enormous value to our economy.Airports, seaports, and telecommunications network add more to the economy than just the profits of the companies. Same with rail. But what will come as a surprise, given the Right’s constant attacks, is that Kiwirail will also be making a $4 billion profit in the next decade.
Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, July 1st, 2008 - 40 comments
Today marks the launch of KiwiRail. It’s great to have rail back in Kiwi hands, after a decade of asset-stripping. Now comes the task of building up the network so it can provide cheap and clean transport. Businesses are keen to take more freight off the road in the face of skyrocketing fuel prices and long-distance […]
Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, May 6th, 2008 - 23 comments
This morning on Breakfast Prebble called the government buy-back of trains and ferries “loony”. What’s alarming is that Prebble is on Mainfreight’s board of directors. His comments appear to put him seriously out of step with Mainfreight’s chief executive Don Braid, who commented: Provided the Government manages it [the rail operations] in a commercial way […]