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1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:25 pm

As I mentioned in another thread, I got my hands on the 1965 De Leuw Cather Transport Reports for Auckland. There were two reports prepared - one for transit and one for highways/motorways.

I will try to scan in a number of maps/pages/etc from these two studies over the next few days. Here's a taste:

1) The motorway plan:
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2) The introduction:
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Sorry about the wonkyness, I need to get better at scanning.

A few more pages: http://transportblog.co.nz/wp-content/u ... 535904.pdf
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby Jeremy Harris » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:09 pm

A little too road happy for my liking, the mind boogles at how the Dom Rd Motorway would have fit into the CMJ...

Glad the Henderson motorway didn't happen...

Easy to see why East Auckland got screwed...

I haven't read the text accompanying this report before, the transport planners were a lot more rational than I thought even though it's obvious roads were really seen as the answer to transport's big questions...

Seems from the text we've been ignoring the same things for 50 years now and keep on being suprised when they're problems...
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:14 pm

It's a pretty horrific, if interesting, study to read.

The ONE rail improvement that was proposed (half the CBD rail tunnel) wasn't even built.

Interestingly, the report says that the Southern Motorway wouldn't be able to cope with 95,000 vehicles a day, even if it was 5 lanes each way.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby john-ston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:11 pm

jarbury wrote:The ONE rail improvement that was proposed (half the CBD rail tunnel) wasn't even built.


Except with the very detailed De Leeuw public transport proposal which if memory serves came out in 1963, which involved turning bus services into feeders to the rail system which would have involved the half of the CBD rail tunnel. I strongly suspect that this report was the precursor to Auckland Rapid Transit, which has its own detailed report.

Also, I was surprised that the University Library had a copy of this one; about three months ago, I withdrew a lot of the transport plans (the Master Transportation Plan, a 1976 Transport Plan, the 1952 Royal Commission on the Railways and a 1954 Report on Fuel Taxes) but for some reason I missed this one.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:12 pm

Here's the record for the motorway plan: http://voyager.auckland.ac.nz/cgi-bin/P ... 1213&SID=1

And the transit plan: http://voyager.auckland.ac.nz/cgi-bin/P ... 1213&SID=1

My next stop is to get out the 1955 Master Plan. That was the one that really screwed things up for Auckland. De Leuw Cather just built on that.

Here's the info for that one: http://voyager.auckland.ac.nz/cgi-bin/P ... 1610&SID=4
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby john-ston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:14 pm

Jarbs, there is no data attached to this record so says Voyager.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:18 pm

Argh, Voyager obviously doesn't do permalinks.

Do a search on these call numbers:

The motorway/highway report: 711.7:656(95) D34 1965c
The transit report: 711.7:656(95) D34 1965a

Architecture library has one copy of each still available (I have the other copies :) )
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby john-ston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:19 pm

That is why I missed it; the transport reports that I have been looking at are all found in the 300s (as well as back copies of New Zealand Railway Observer :D )
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:21 pm

The 1955 Transportation Master Plan: 711.7(95) A89

Seriously, there's a LOT of interesting stuff in the 711's. Just make sure you're in the NZ section (although the 711's in the international section is also fantastic - just bring a wheelbarrow for all the books you'll want to get out).
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby john-ston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:25 pm

jarbury wrote:The 1955 Transportation Master Plan: 711.7(95) A89


If you are talking about the Master Transportation Plan, there is also a copy kept in the 300s.

jarbury wrote:Seriously, there's a LOT of interesting stuff in the 711's. Just make sure you're in the NZ section (although the 711's in the international section is also fantastic - just bring a wheelbarrow for all the books you'll want to get out).


Well, remind me in March about that - I tend to use gaps between classes as an opportunity to educate myself about past transport plans, collect statistical data, or more recently, grab a seat in one of the OGGB Labs and log on to this forum.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:28 pm

john-ston wrote:Well, remind me in March about that - I tend to use gaps between classes as an opportunity to educate myself about past transport plans, collect statistical data, or more recently, grab a seat in one of the OGGB Labs and log on to this forum.

Heh, or get out a pile of books in December and keep yourself busy over the summer break. Luckily I have family & friends who go to Auckland Uni so I am able to borrow their ID cards to get books out :)
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby john-ston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:31 pm

jarbury wrote:Heh, or get out a pile of books in December and keep yourself busy over the summer break. Luckily I have family & friends who go to Auckland Uni so I am able to borrow their ID cards to get books out :)


I tend to avoid going to Uni outside of class time, and irrespective, I am on holiday for the month of January in Brisbane (and if I can convince my friend, I really want to do a Brisbane rail in one day trip).
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby Nick R » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:32 pm

I got the 1955 plan from the Auckland special collection once, but I could only view it in the reading room and was not allowed to photocopy it for fear of damaging the pages!

If you do go for it, take a digital camera and photograph each page instead.

Also for the very keen, downstairs in the archives you can request any report ever produced by the ACC or any of it's predecessors...
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby john-ston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:33 pm

Nick R wrote:I got the 1955 plan from the Auckland special collection once, but I could only view it in the reading room and was not allowed to photocopy it for fear of damaging the pages!


Well, at the University, you can withdraw it and I had a month to look through it. I wanted to scan it, but the pages are larger than A4, which meant that I couldn't.

Nick R wrote:Also for the very keen, downstairs in the archives you can request any report ever produced by the ACC or any of it's predecessors...


I might start looking at that in next year; I want to take that opportunity before I end up in full time employment.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:34 pm

Nick R wrote:I got the 1955 plan from the Auckland special collection once, but I could only view it in the reading room and was not allowed to photocopy it for fear of damaging the pages!

If you do go for it, take a digital camera and photograph each page instead.

Also for the very keen, downstairs in the archives you can request any report ever produced by the ACC or any of it's predecessors...

Looks like it's generally available these days:

Author: Auckland Regional Authority. Technical Advisory Committee.
Title: Master transportation plan for metropolitan Auckland : report and survey / Technical Advisory Committee of the Auckland Regional Planning Authority.
Published: Auckland, N.Z. : A.R.P.A., 1955.
Description: 170 p. : ill.
LC Subject Heading(s): Transportation New Zealand Auckland (City)
Location: ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY New Zealand Collection
Call Number: 711.7(95) A89
Status: Available
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby Nick R » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:41 pm

Hang on, no I'm thinking of the older one, maybe from the 1930s? The one that has rail lines every which way, like out round the coast in both directions etc...

Whatever it was it was very fragile, and I could only get it from the special collection.

Actually maybe it was the Harlcrow Thomas report from the late forties.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:46 pm

That's interesting Nick. The only transport report I know of before the 1955 master plan is the 1946 study by the Ministry of Works:

Author: New Zealand. Public Works Dept.
Title: The shape of things to come...
Published: Wellington : New Zealand. Public Works Dept., [1946].
Description: 11 v. : illus. ; 24 cm.
LC Subject Heading(s): Regional planning New Zealand.
Location: GENERAL LIBRARY New Zealand & Pacific Level G
Call Number: 309.230995 N53
Library Has: v.1-11
Status: Available
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby Nick R » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:49 pm

Ok found the entry from the city library:

Interim report on Auckland transport
William Thomson Halcrow, J.P. Thomas, Sir William Halcrow & Partners
Interim report on Auckland transport (25th October, 1949) Final report on Auckland transport (14th March, 1950)
Publish info:London : William Halcrow & Partners , 1950
Subject:Urban transportation, Transportation, New Zealand, Auckland, Planning
Found:Auckland (2) transport (1) transportation (2) planning (1)

Also saw this one too:

Report by City Engineer dated 4th June 1931, on traffic survey and the provision of traffic outlets for the future
Auckland (N.Z.), Auckland (N.Z.)
Publish info:[Auckland, N.Z. : City Engineer , 1931
Subject:Roads, Transportation, Automotive, Traffic surveys, City planning, New Zealand, Auckland
Found:Auckland (3) planning (1) transportation (1)
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby PTNZ » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:25 pm

Thank you for posting this - it's a very interesting, if not eye-opening read.

This report paints a picture very similar to what was occurring in San Francisco (funnily enough) during the 1960's with the construction of both freeways that criss-crossed the city, and the construction of the BART.
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Re: 1965 De Leuw Cather Reports

Postby jarbury » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:34 pm

PTNZ wrote:Thank you for posting this - it's a very interesting, if not eye-opening read.

This report paints a picture very similar to what was occurring in San Francisco (funnily enough) during the 1960's with the construction of both freeways that criss-crossed the city, and the construction of the BART.

Yeah except San Francisco got the BART and Auckland got.... uhhhh... nothing.
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