Transport

Thinking about public transport costs (opinion)

In Part 4 of their Reasonable Expectations series, Talk Wellington ask how much public transport costs Wellington (not much) and how much it should cost… Talk Wellington aims to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region. “If ya pay peanuts, you get monkeys”, and, with no disrespect …

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New handrail, lights and paint job next year for Seatoun Tunnel

The Seatoun Tunnel will have its pedestrian handrail extended and receive new LED lighting alongside earthquake strengthening work in early 2019. The work is part of an ongoing programme by the Wellington City Council to improve the safety and accessibility of Wellington’s earthquake prone structures. Alongside the essential strengthening work, plans include extending the existing …

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Why Island Bay and the “Newtown Connections” matter (opinion)

Why does stuff in the southern suburbs matter when it’s not my backyard, and when there are other cycleway type projects happening elsewhere in the region to pay attention to? Opinion by Talk Wellington, an organisation aiming to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region.  If …

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Electronic counters monitoring increased cycling activity

New electronic counters installed in the roads on key Wellington traffic routes will provide more accurate and up-to-date monitoring of cycling patterns. The installation of the new counters and improved provision of online data, will help with the planning of paths, lanes and other changes to make it safer and easier for more people to …

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Six drivers didn’t care about impairment, say Police

An impairment prevention operation held on Friday night in Wellington saw Police stop drivers of 3436 vehicles over four hours at two locations. Six drivers stopped in the start of the summer campaign to encourage road safety were over the breath alcohol limit, with two registering over 400mg. “These people clearly don’t care about their …

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Dump runway extension, say Eastern suburbs residents

Locals opposed to the lengthening of Wellington Airport’s runway are asking for an application for resource consent to be thrown out. RNZ story by Wellington Issues reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Last month the airport asked the Environment Court for more time for its application for consent. In March this year the airport asked for proceedings to …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 24 and 25 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Lambton Quay is closed to …

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Road closures and bus diversions for this weekend’s Very Welly Christmas

All lanes of Lambton Quay and seven surrounding streets will be closed this weekend for the two-day celebrations of A Very Welly Christmas. Lambton Quay will be closed from the intersection of Whitmore and Bowen Streets to Willis Street from 12.15am on Saturday 24 November until 11.50pm Sunday 25 November. Sections of the following streets …

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm tonight will involve road closures and changes to bus services. Jackson Street will be closed from Petone Avenue to Cuba Street. Elizabeth Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Buick Street. Buick Street will be closed from Elizabeth Street to The Esplanade. Bus services on …

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Campaign for tamariki raises nearly $5000 with 6300 minutes of cycling

Wellington student Mana Williams-Eade, who spent most of last week pedalling on a stationary cycle, has raised $4745 for New Zealand children living in state care. Mana Williams-Eade, who has been Cycling for Tamariki all week, with Mayor Justin Lester Mana Williams-Eade spent time in state care, and now works for Oranga Tamariki when he’s …

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Remutaka Hill SH2 now open (update)

NZTA advise that SH2 Remutaka Hill is now open. It was closed earlier today  due to hau pūkeri (strong winds). Severe gale northwesterlies continue to batter Wellington and the southern Wairarapa, so please take extra care when driving, especially in high-sided vehicles or on motorcycles.  

Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Bus stopped by armed cops after Berhampore robbery

Armed police stopped a bus in Kent Terrace this morning following a report of a robbery in Berhampore shortly after 7.00am. Police were seeking a male following the attempted robbery of an individual on the street in Berhampore. The victim was not hurt in the incident, but initial information suggested the robbery may have involved a weapon, …

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Free Christmas Day travel on public transport

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of Greater Wellington Regional Council approved a proposal for passengers to travel free on Christmas Day on the Wellington region’s buses and trains. In a press release from the GWRC, Sustainable Transport Committee Chair Cr Barbara Donaldson said she was “delighted” that the proposal from Chief Executive Greg …

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Strike over for now, with mediation scheduled

Wellington bus drivers taking strike action returned to work from 2.00am this morning as a sign of good faith ahead of mediation tomorrow. Wellington Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the strike, which began last Thursday, resulted in a withdrawal of labour by around half of the drivers employed by Tranzit’s subsidary businesses Tranzurban Wellington …

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Airport expects strong summer traffic as international flights near record highs

Wellington International Airport says it is expecting a strong summer on a mix of new services and increased capacity to and from Australia. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Gavin Evans The company, which yesterday reported an almost 5 per cent increase in …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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Bus drivers strike is on: here’s what you need to know (update)

Planned industrial action by the Tramways Union will affect Tranzurban bus services in Wellington City, the Hutt Valley and Porirua from today, Thursday 25 October. When does the strike begin? It’s on now. When will it finish? The end date advised by the union is 30 November, but union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says that this …

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Rolled truck between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay closes SH1 (2pm update)

State Highway 1 is now expected to be closed until at least 8.00pm tonight. The road has been closed since early this morning, after a truck carrying potentially hazardous chemicals rolled about 2km south of Pukerua Bay township about 3.45am. Due to the dangerous materials spilled, the extraction of the vehicle and clearing of the …

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Buses to replace most train services over Labour Weekend

Metlink have advised that buses will replace most train services over Labour Weekend, from Saturday 20 until Monday 22 October, to allow major engineering work to take place. The majority of maintenance and upgrade work takes place at night or during weekends to avoid disrupting the thousands of passengers commuting in and out of Wellington …

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Paekākāriki Hill Road closed this Friday afternoon

Paekākāriki Hill Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic from noon this Friday 19 October, finishing at around 9.00pm or when traffic eases on State Highway 1. The NZ Transport Agency in collaboration with NZ Police, Kapiti Coast District and Porirua City Council are making the Labour Holiday Weekend closure of Paekākāriki Hill Road …

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Island Bay cycleway repair may cost $10m

Making changes to the 1.7 kilometre cycleway in Island Bay that cost about $1.8 million to build has been estimated to cost $10 million. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Island Bay cycleway, Wellington. Photo: Supplied Wellington city councillors have asked council officers how much it would cost to change the Island Bay cycleway to appease …

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Low-priced self-serve fuel stop for Wellington in 2019

Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group will open a self-serve fuel stop in Wellington in early 2019, delivering more competitive fuel pricing to the capital. Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby says it’s something the third-generation family-run business has long-wanted to offer Wellingtonians. “We needed to find the right site and get the consents in place. I’m really …

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Frustration over disabled parking abuse, design and quantity

Frustration is building in the disability community over able-bodied people using mobility car parks that have also been poorly designed. RNZ story by journalist Jonathan Mitchell  @RNZjonathan [email protected] Advocacy group CCS Disability Action says Wellington city has lost a handful of dedicated parks because of construction work, creating another unnecessary barrier for vulnerable people to get …

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Crash near Johnsonville closes SH1 southbound lane

A crash that occurred at 7.15am this morning on SH1 between the Churton Park and Glenside on-ramp and the Johnsonville off-ramp has closed one southbound lane into Wellington. Police and emergency services are attending the scene. Two people were injured, one seriously and one moderately.  One person has been taken to Wellington Hospital. Traffic is moving slowly …

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Ten years of diesel buses – and increased emissions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week called for a steep cut in CO2 emissions within 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change. It highlights the shortsighted and incompetent leadership of Wellington’s Regional Council, which scrapped the trolley bus network in November without a clear plan to replace them with an …

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Drivers reach provisional settlement with NZ Bus

The Tramways Union has reached a provisional settlement with New Zealand Bus. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the settlement will be put to the union members for ratification on Friday 19 October. He said the union negotiators will recommend that the settlement be accepted. Report by Roy Murphy from Wellington.Scoop The NZ Bus agreement …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Extended Route 18e service starts today

From today, 1 October, the 18e bus route is extended as a seven-day-a-week service, including buses between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, from Miramar North to Karori South. It will provide direct connections to Newtown, the hospital, Massey University and Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. Metlink advise that this service will run without transfers and be available as …

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Direct Miramar/Karori service via universities to be restored and extended from Monday

Passenger demand has led to Metlink extending the new 18e route between Miramar and Karori. From Monday, the service will run without transfers and be available as an all-day service rather than just at peak hours. “This change is directly in response to customer feedback,” said Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive Greg Campbell announcing …

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Troubled bus network: process was correct, officials say

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it wouldn’t have done anything differently in its implementation of the city’s problematic new bus services, but is committing to fixing it in eight weeks’ time. Story from RNZ by political reporter Gia Garrick @giaisonline [email protected] Politicians have been inundated with complaints over Wellington’s troubled bus network. Photo by RNZ / …

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Bus drivers vote for strike action and dismissal of GWRC

A stop work meeting of the Wellington Tramways Union today voted for region-wide industrial action starting from 23 October, following continued failure by Wellington bus operators to negotiate on collective bargaining agreements. Richard Wagstaff of the CTU addresses the Tramways Union meeting. Photo by Tramways Union. The drivers voted to strike indefinitely from Tuesday 23 …

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Bus stop work meeting runs later than planned, services revised

The stop work meeting called by the Tramways Union today to consult with its members on the ongoing problems with the new bus systems is running longer than expected. Metlink has advised that most bus services will not be back on the road until after 2:00pm, and apologise for continued disruption to travel plans this …

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Auditor-General writes open letter to GWRC on public’s bus concerns

The Office of the Auditor-General has written to the Greater Wellington Regional Council after receiving correspondence from the public requesting an investigation into the new bus network and services. John Ryan, who runs the Office of Controller and Auditor-General, the independent organisation that audits public entities, has published the letter to GWRC chair Chris Laidlaw …

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Union stop work meeting affects bus services today [updated]

A stop work meeting called by the Tramways Union for their drivers today, 26 September, means that Metlink bus services will be reduced in Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Porirua between 9:00am and 3:00pm. This meeting is an opportunity for the Tramways Union to talk to its members and is a normal occurrence. Metlink have …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

The annual Spring Festival continues with the Graves of Note free guided walk at Karori Cemetery (meet at the Main Chapel on Rosehaugh Ave from 10:30am), then there are five great free events this evening – all, sadly, on at around the same time. How to choose? Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub empowering communities to …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Wellington buses: “You have every right to be angry”

Increased isolation of the elderly, mentally ill and disabled people were some of the concerns residents raised about buses in Wellington at a meeting yesterday. Report from RNZ by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Wellington residents, including WCC councillors David Lee and Sarah Free (front row) at Mornington Golf Club yesterday, sharing concerns about changes to …

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Permanent bus hub finally underway in Newtown

Work begins today on the permanent bus hub in front of Wellington Hospital, with carparking options reduced, pedestrian access to the hospital altered, and southbound traffic on Riddiford Street reduced to one lane. The long-awaited work to construct a permanent bus hub for Newtown will continue until early November. During the construction period, pedestrian access …

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Bus meeting in Berhampore this afternoon

A meeting for southern suburbs residents on what’s happening with Wellington’s public transport system will take place from 3:00pm this afternoon at Mornington Golf Club, 80 Stanley Street, Berhampore. The meeting will be hosted by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter, with the opportunity for local residents to provide direct …

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Core transport problems remain as urgent bus review promised

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council agreed to commission an independent review of what has gone wrong with the region’s new public transport system. But problems with core assumptions around the system remain, and the refusal of transport operators to negotiate with the drivers’ union remains the elephant …

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Crash near Paremata blocks northbound lanes [update: crash now cleared]

NZTA advise that a crash at around 4:00am this morning remains blocking the two left lanes northbound on SH1, south of the Paremata Roundabout. One person has been transported to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition following the one car crash. Police are advising drivers to avoid travelling north on SH1. The road is expected …

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GWRC transport woes to be discussed this morning

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee is putting a positive spin on the city’s transport woes, while the Wellington City Council decides how to allocate nearly half a million dollars in grants. by Mark Cubey This morning’s monthly meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council will address Wellington’s transport …

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Government to dissolve tertiary institute Council

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to troubled tertiary institutions Whitireia and WelTec in a move to address the financial woes of the two polytechnics. Te Auaha, the Institute of Creativity opened this year by Whitireia and WelTec. Minister Hipkins said today that following consultation and consideration of submissions, …

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Hutchison Terminus Stop A operational today

Stop A at the Hutchison Terminus in Hutchison Road, Mt Cook, is open and operational from today (Tuesday 18 September). This stop will service the route 3 and 18e bus services. Metlink thank passengers for their patience during the construction of this bus stop.    

Ferry sailings restricted on Harbour this afternoon

Metlink advise that adverse weather conditions have forced a restricted timetable for ferry harbour sailings this afternoon. Ferries will depart Queens Wharf at 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and from Days Bay Wharf at 4:55pm, 6:00pm and 6:55pm. There will be  no sailings in or out of Seatoun this afternoon. Metlink apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Reduced peak services on Johnsonville Line tonight

Metlink advise that due to a signal fault at Khandallah, train services will run during peak time tonight every half hour with services departing Wellington every .17 and .44 past the hour. Services affected: Northbound: The 4.02pm service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled. The 4.32pm service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled. Southbound: …

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Traffic lights proposed for Hataitai

The peaceful fast-food mecca of Hataitai, already reeling from the decision by Metlink to terminate the #14 route in the village, may now get traffic lights at its intersection. Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on the proposed installation of traffic lights and signals for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians at the crossroads in Hataitai …

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Tumbleweeds in central city as free-parkers stage protest

The central city was a dead zone on the weekend, as thousands of motorists spat with venom on the first weekend of Wellington City Council’s imposition of paid parking charges for places on weekends, which has been widely reviled with 600 complaints. By Mark Cubey The weekend dissolved into chaos early on as motorists who …

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Crash closes left lane after J’ville off-ramp [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The crash ins now cleared and all lanes are open. Congestion remains back past the Newlands off-ramp and will take a while to clear.   EARLIER STORY: Motorists heading north out of Wellington are advised that a crash around 3:00pm today has blocked the left northbound lane of SH1 after the Johnsonville off-ramp. NZTA advises …

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Next stops for bus meetings after Khandallah: Miramar, Petone, Berhampore

The southern suburbs have been added to the list of public meetings to discuss Wellington’s public transport woes, after meetings in Kilbirnie, Karori and Khandallah. Tuesday night’s public meeting at the Khandallah Town Hall to discuss bus services covering Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs was “very well chaired” according to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. …

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Wellington.Scoop opinion: the bustastrophe decade

The roots of Wellington’s current transport problems go back more than a decade, and can largely be attributed to avoidance of a rail solution, argues BRENT EFFORD in an opinion for Wellington.Scoop. Content from 4 September provided by Wellington.Scoop. Read more writing about Wellington issues, with reader feedback at http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/ The roots of the bustastrophe …

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Restricted Harbour Ferry sailings this morning

Metlink advise that the weather conditions this morning (Wednesday 5th September) have restricted Harbour Ferry sailings to the following timetable: Departing Queens Wharf: 7.15am, 8.20am Departing Days Bay Wharf: 7.45am, 8.45am This means there will be no sailings in or out of Seatoun this morning. Metlink apologise for any inconvenience.  

Ferries cancelled as severe weather warning continues

Severe southerly gales gusting up to 120kmh in exposed places have caused slips, flooding and ferry cancellations across the Wellington region. This morning’s 3:30am Interislander sailing of the  Kaiarahi was cancelled, as has its 9:05am sailing from Picton. The 9:00am departure of the Kaitaki from Wellington is still scheduled to take place. Passengers with bookings …

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Wellington scores $1.92b from NLTP, but highway projects on pause

Wellington will receive around an eighth of the record $16.9b to be spent nationwide as part of the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published Friday by the NZ Transport Agency. The region will receive $1.92 billion invested over three years, with $759 million going to the improvement or maintenance of existing state highways (including …

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Stop/Go at Cuba/Arthur/Karo

A Stop/Go sequence will be in place overnight on Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:00pm through to 5:30am, at the Cuba/Karo/Arthur St intersection. NZTA advise that this is for traffic signal cabinet repairs, and that roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors,  

Metlink Live gets underway with Kilbirnie forum

Last night saw the launch of Metlink Live, a Facebook forum “developed to listen further” to concerns about changes to Wellington’s public transport network. Mark Cubey got amongst it. Metlink Live: On Our Way is a new initiative: digital, live-chat sessions that lets communities question the Metlink transport team, and share experiences so they might …

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Public bus meetings extend to northern suburbs

A meeting for public transport users in Ngaio, Khandallah, Broadmeadows and surrounding areas will be held next Tuesday, joining already scheduled consultation meetings in Karori and Miramar. The meeting for northern suburbs residents is an opportunity to find out from Greater Wellington Regional Council (Metlink) about the new bus services in the area (numbers 22, …

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Metlink launch live Facebook sessions with Kilbirnie forum

From 7:30pm on Tuesday night, Metlink invited bus users of Kilbirnie and surrounding areas to contribute to a discussion about experiences with the new public transport system. Metlink have raised Hubs, Capacity and Timeliness as key issues. The discussion is at facebook.com/MetlinkOnOurWay and The Wellington App will be covering the discussion. Karori will be next …

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Laidlaw takes it on the chin at angry bus meeting

Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw bore the brunt of the audience’s anger at a public meeting about Wellington’s bus network yesterday. The noisy meeting at St Pats College, Kilbirnie, was chaired by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. It attracted around 300 members of the public from the southern and eastern suburbs who were vocal …

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Delays caused by crash in Porirua, and Remutuka Hill roadworks [UPDATED]

The crash that blocked the right southbound lane after the Mungavin interchange on State Highway 1 near Porirua has now been cleared. All lanes are now clear, but NZTA advises that southbound delays continue, back to the Paremata roundabout. Traffic will also be subject to multiple stoppages all this week on Remutaka Hill State Highway 2 …

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What Metlink are doing to improve the bus problems

A month after the introduction of changes designed to improve Wellington’s public transport network, Metlink have recognised that for many passengers, the changes aren’t working for them yet. In a statement, Metlink acknowledge that “the change has been uncomfortable, disruptive and at times inefficient. “It’s become obvious as we work to make it better, that …

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Bus route 18 to be restored after public pressure

The Greater Wellington Regional Council announced yesterday that the route 18 bus service between Miramar and Karori, via Newtown Hospital and Massey and Victoria Universities, will be returned to an off-peak operation, from its present peak-only schedule. This goes part of the way to answering calls for change at last week’s Sustainable Transport meeting. It …

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Lane closures and delays at Mackays Crossing

Major works at Mackays Crossing between Paekakariki and  Paraparaumu are continuing until the end of the month. NZTA advise road users should expect lane closures and an 80km/h speed restriction in both directions until works are complete. Motorists are asked to adhere to lowered speed limit and take extra care.  

Crash at Mungavin Interchange

A crash has blocked the right northbound lane of State Highway 1 south of the Mungavin Interchange. Traffic heading north towards Porirua should expect delays, and pass with care. Meanwhile, southbound traffic on Ngauranga Gorge is now flowing freely as the truck breakdown that caused delays to traffic is now clear.

Zoomy cuts deal with airport, supports Beervana

Local rideshare company Zoomy is hoping to increase ridership with two new initiatives. Commuters frustrated by Wellington’s public transport problems over the last few weeks have been increasingly using taxis, and the services of the best-known rideshare company, offshore giant Uber. But the locally owned and operated app-based company Zoomy, which operates in Auckland and …

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Bringing back the Number 18

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council voted unanimously for the reinstatement of off-peak services on the #18 Metlink bus route. A number of speakers at the meeting spoke of the difference this would make to commuters from Miramar and Karori, and for students at Victoria University of Wellington. …

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GWRC transport meeting owns bus problems, suggests solutions

This morning’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council saw councillors fronting up to the problems that have plagued Wellington bus passengers since the changes to the public transport system from 15 July. by Mark Cubey The meeting discussed a staff report to councillors that called the city’s ongoing bus …

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Buses replace some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line

Metlink advise that buses are replacing some evening trains on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt until Wednesday 8 August. This work is part of the regular maintenance projects across the network to reduce possible delays. Manor Park will be serviced by a shuttle picking up and dropping off passengers between Silverstream …

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LINEMEN signs will change to LINE CREW after request from seven-year-old

A letter to the NZTA from seven-year-old Hutt Valley girl Zoe Carew has led to the agency moving to replace “linemen” signs with a revised “line crew” wording. In the letter to Fergus Gammie, chief executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Zoe Carew explained how while being driven by her father to visit her grandparents …

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Reduced seating for peak morning Hutt and Kapiti train services

Metlink have advised that some morning peak services will have reduced seating over the next week, due to fleet maintenance. Metlink have issued an apology for the inconvenience caused and appreciate the patience of passengers as they work to resolve this as quickly as possible. Today, Kapiti Line services affected include the 6:46am service from …

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Train services resume after track fault

Metlink report that services between Wellington and Porirua have now resumed following resolution of this afternoon’s track fault. All train services between Wellington and Porirua have been given clearance The first northbound service to depart Wellington was the 3:33pm from Wellington to Porirua. Buses will continue to operate between Wellington and Waikanae while Metlink returns …

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[UPDTED] Haywards Hill clear after crash

[UDATED] NZTA advises that as of 8:55am the crash near the intersection of Moonshine Road on SH5 Haywards Hill has now been cleared. At 7:40am this morning, NZTA advised reports of a crash blocking one lane of SH58 on Haywards Hill near the intersection with Moonshine Road. NZTA thanks motorists for their patience.  

Wellington/Porirua trains suspended due to possible track obstruction

Metlink have advised all train services between Wellington and Porirua on the Kapiti line are currently suspended due to a possible track obstruction. A crew is currently on site checking the track. Buses are currently operating between Wellington and Porirua. There will be trains shuttling between Porirua and Waikanae, but these will not run to timetable. …

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Driver stoush continues between Tramways and Tranzit

Arguments and contrary claims continue to fly between the union representing bus drivers and their employer. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan sent a formal invitation yesterday to Tranzit Group managing director Paul Snelgrove inviting him to a Friday meeting at Trades Hall to commence bargaining. He says that the union wants to settle a fair …

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Hutt and school bus services unaffected by industrial action, says Metlink

Metlink are reporting no major delays to Hutt Valley bus services this morning, with all school services including Hutt Valley routes running as normal. Fifty bus drivers on Hutt Valley routes employed by Tranzit began industrial action at 5:00am this morning. Drivers cut their daily hours to a standard eight-hour day with breaks, protesting what …

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Rideshare company celebrates a year in Wellington with half-price fares

Zoomy, the local alternative to global rideshare giant Uber is rewarding its Wellington passengers with unlimited half-price fares this week. Photo by Victor Xok on Unsplash Given what’s been happening with the public transport network, it’s serendipitous timing for Zoomy, who celebrate their one-year anniversary this Friday with a half-price offer on all rides. Zoomy is a ridesharing …

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Bus drivers start industrial action as students return to school

Continuing public transport problems with the Wellington region’s bus network will be further affected as Hutt Valley bus drivers begin industrial action, and returning school students boost passengers numbers. Fifty bus drivers on Hutt Valley routes employed by Tranzit began industrial action at 5:00am this morning. The action is expected to affect services throughout the …

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Commerce Commission files proceedings against Wilson Parking, seeks penalty

Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”; 10-day free trial available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Margreet Dietz July 20 (BusinessDesk) – The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings against Wilson Parking, alleging New Zealand’s biggest parking company substantially lessened competition for the supply of car parking in the Boulcott Street area in central Wellington when …

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Frustrated passengers on first week day of new transport system

Wellington commuters are heading off to work this morning hoping for smoother travel on the Metlink public transport network. A passenger-generated sign at a Hataitai bus stop last week expressed the frustration of early morning passengers. Buses didn’t turn up, went the wrong way, were too full, or all came at once, causing frustration for …

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Snapper upgrade and Foodbank offer in Newlands

As part of the public transport changes happening on Sunday 15 July, northern suburbs residents will be no longer be able to use their Mana/Newlands bus cards. But they shouldn’t throw them away. Wellington community centre advocate Vanessa Lyall at Newlands Community Centre Northern suburbs residents with a Mana/Newlands bus card will not be able …

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Go Wellington becomes Stop Wellington this morning

Metlink have advised that a large number of Go Wellington bus services have been cancelled this morning. Over 30 routes have been affected throughout Wellington, with drivers facing redundancy not turning up to work. Services are being cancelled in Metlink’s Real-Time Information system. Passengers are advised to check RTI signs at bus stops or RTI on …

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Learn how Vancouver handles transport (updated)

The manager of transportation planning for the city of Vancouver, Canada, is holding a public presentation in Wellington tomorrow Dale Bracewell is steering Transportation 2040, the British Columbian city’s high-level vision for all modes of transport, with specific mobility and safety goals. Vancouver achieved its interim target of 50 percent of all daily trips by …

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Region’s mayors support new government plan for transport

The mayors of Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua have all welcomed the new 10-year plan for transport from Government which promises to unlock record investment in the roads, rail and public transport. Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced the Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2018 on Land Transport today. It increases investment from $3.6 billion in …

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