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KiwiRail’s incorrect advice about diesel vs electric locomotives


by Roger Blakeley, Bob Norman, Alex Gray, Keith Flinders
KiwiRail says it has received no direction from the Government to cease the de-electrification programme on the North Island main trunk line, and is continuing to decommission the electric locomotives fleet by 31 March. But there are three key issues in KiwiRail’s advice to the Minister of Transport, as reported by Radio NZ , that are not correct: Read more »

Compounding challenges for owners of quake-prone buildings

by Geraldine Murphy
Inner City Wellington (ICW) is pleased to read that the Mayor Justin Lester ‘would not pledge to prosecute those who dragged their feet’ in strengthening earthquake prone buildings. Read more »

Restoring it, not bowling it


by Alana Bowman
To the relief of cricket fans, community groups, and admirers of the Basin Reserve, Mayor Justin Lester yesterday confirmed it’s his intention that the Museum Stand will not be bowled, but will be restored. Read more »

Avoiding congestion by rethinking Melling Bridge plans


by Glen Smith
The New Zealand Transport Agency has put forward three plans to improve traffic flow on State Highway Two at the congested Lower Hutt turn off across Melling Bridge. Improvements at this intersection deserve support since the aim should be to improve the efficiency of all transport modes and to reduce the potential for accident related deaths and injuries. Read more »

Destination: CBD

by Lindsay Shelton
This week’s reports of growing morning congestion should have acknowledged the fact that all the traffic is heading into (or through) one place – the centre of Wellington, where there’s no room for any more of it. Read more »

Hope and competition, online

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s amazing what you learn online. Last week’s Wellington City Council Forum on Facebook provided new information about the continuing delays to building the Movie Museum and Convention Centre. It also revealed there may be competition for the Airport Flyer. Read more »

The survey they’re not mentioning


by Lindsay Shelton
Are the LGWM planners still dreaming of a flyover alongside the Basin Reserve? Most of us thought they’d given up the idea. But the flyover has emerged again in a new survey from LGWM – a survey that seems to have taken most people by surprise. Read more »

More pets, less news

On the same day that dogs were allowed on to our commuter trains, the pages of the DomPost shrank to tabloid size. Read more »

Undergrounding – why is it forgotten?

Photo: RNZ

by Lindsay Shelton
As Chorus work their way through the streets of Wellington, trenching the new fast fibre, it’s evident that a major opportunity has been lost – the chance to underground the cables that hang so messily between our power poles. Read more »

Booking the invisible building


WREDA’s enthusiasm for Wellington knows no bounds. It’s taking bookings for the city council’s new convention centre, in spite of the fact that construction hasn’t started. Read more »

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