CBT AGM – Special Guest Mayor John Banks

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  • 13 July 2010, 7:30pm
  • Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd
  • Special Guest Speaker Mayor John Banks

This meeting is a CBT member only event.  (Yes you can renew your subscription on the night for $20!). Seats are limited to 60, so please RSVP to so that we have an idea of the numbers.

John Banks will talk about transport issues facing Auckland, followed by a Question and Answer session afterwards.  To make the most of the time allocated, please forward your questions to   so that we can sort through the most popular issues.

The AGM will then be run following the conclusion of the Question and Answer session.  Nominations for the positions of Convenor, Treasurer and Committee are invited.

Temporary Train Timetables Next Week

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ARTA Media Release

“A lot of activity will be happening over the Queen’s Birthday weekend with commissioning of the final 3km section of double track from the new Avondale Station to Tititrangi Road in New Lynn, which begins at 7pm on Friday June 4th. In order to complete the final section of double tracking, commissioning will continue throughout the following week. This means a temporary weekday timetable, with different times from Waitakere to New Lynn, will also be in place.

Temporary timetables will operate on the Western Line from the evening of Friday 4 to last service on Sunday 13 June.

Bus replacements will be in place for all Western line stations from:

  • Waitakere to Avondale on Friday 4 June from 7pm
  • Waitakere to Britomart on Saturdays 5 and 12 June, Monday 7 June
  • New Lynn to Britomart on Sundays 6 and 13 June
  • Waitakere to Swanson on Tuesday 8 June to Friday 11 June.

Amended rail service times will operate over the period Friday 4 to 13 June

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Too Early To Say if Clem7 Going Broke

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Clem7 is a PPP toll road in Brisbane. ABC News reports that:

An independent report out today claims RiverCity Motorway is making $870,000 a month but having to pay $8 million a month in interest on its $1.3 billion debt.

RiverCity chief executive officer Flan Cleary says he has not seen the report but he questions the figures.

He says it is too early to say if the group is going broke.

“We’re six weeks into a 45-year concession,” he said.

“Obviously our traffic numbers are disappointing and we’d like them to be a lot higher, but it really is just too early to say where we are.

“We’ve got two years before we have to meet any bank covenants and we’ve also got four and six years before we have to do any refinancing.”

About 24,000 motorists are using the Clem7 each day, but the company had aimed to have about 60,000 drivers using the tunnel at this stage.

As I keep saying, all of the risk with PPPs ultimately ends up with the rate and taxpayer.

Trams Make Waterfront Comeback

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Incredibly, our campaign for a waterfront tram has been adopted by the ARC and the Sea+City development team.  The Campaign for Better Transport and MOTAT pitched the idea to the ARC in 2008, and Mike Lee and Sea+City have well and truly picked up the ball and run with it.

 The Herald reports:

Trams are being prepared for a comeback on Auckland’s waterfront, in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

More than 50 years since trams disappeared from city streets, the Auckland Regional Council has approved the first stage of a proposal which could ultimately be part of the region’s wider public transport network.

The initial stage will focus on the Tank Farm redevelopment by ARC group subsidiary Sea+City, which will receive $6.3 million to $7.4 million from Auckland Regional Holdings to develop a 1.5km tram circuit by July next year.

Future developments, such as an extension to Britomart across a future Viaduct Harbour bridge, will be left to the new Super City council.

Sea+City expects to initially use two heritage trams from the Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat), although the regional council is also discussing with Victorian state government officials a possible long-term loan of some Melbourne trams as the service grows.

Cyclists on the Increase

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ARTA reports a dramatic increase in cycling in the Auckland region:

The number of people cycling in the Auckland region has dramatically increased by 27% compared to last year, according to a survey for the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA).

Over 12,000 cyclist movements were recorded at 84 sites across the region for the Cycle Monitoring Programme, which is a one day snapshot of cycling in the region taken during the second week of March each year. The sites were monitored at peak times from 6:30am to 9:00am and then again from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

ARTA’s General Manager of Strategy and Planning, Peter Clark says, “Recent improvements in cycling infrastructure across the region are beginning to have a great impact on increasing the number of people choosing to take their bike.

“One of the most significant rises in cycling numbers we’ve seen since the start of the programme in 2007 was on the North Western Cycleway with an increase of 70%. Over 600 cyclists were counted on the cycleway during the monitoring times this year. The recently opened $3m Kingsland section of the North Western Cycleway is sure to boost cycle numbers even further as this now provides an almost continuous 12km ride from Te Atatu to the Central Business District.

A Letter to Environment Waikato

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Submissions have now finished, but followers of our Waikato Trains Now! campaign might find this letter we sent to Cr Norm Barker at Environment Waikato a useful summary of the current positions.

Environment Waikato are currently deliberating over whether to include Waikato rail in their Annual Plan.


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