Rail transport

Lenny No Mates takes the Train

People often ask me if Len Brown takes the train anymore.

Well, thanks to the WOBH Ground Crew, we can confirm that he does indeed take the train…at least he has this morning.

Hi Cam

I’m on the train right now and Len is sitting on his own. No one wants to talk to him or even have eye contact.

Sad!

Lennynomates

“Oh, I know, I’ll take the train, that will make me popular again”

Lame Duck Mayor interviewed by WO volunteer

Len Brown attended a union organised function yesterday, promoting the Living Wage.

You’d think in his fortress down south and at a union organised function he’d be safe, but no, the now ubiquitous security guards were there to protect the mayor.

Security guards shadow Len Brown

Security guards shadow Len Brown

Len Brown is very happy about his union involvement, even if he has a 12 year old writing his Facebook posts.

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Rail Loop business case really wonky now after census

Len-FacePalm

The census figures are showing that Len Brown’s council plans for grandiose development, the unitary plan and the city rail loop are based on fantasy rather than reality.

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says new Census data which show that New Zealand population growth has halved since the last Census could prompt revision of Auckland’s infrastructure plans such as an increase in high-rise apartments and the construction of a city rail loop.

But Auckland Council is standing by its plans for growth, saying that Auckland is expected to grow faster than the rest of the country.

The council’s planning for the next 30 years is based on the prediction that the number of residents will grow by 1 million.

Mr Williamson said the first Census data in seven years indicated that this projection was far too high.  Read more »

Dying for a root

Dying for a root

Dying for a root

Dying for a root, brings new meaning to the term legless.

A UKRAINIAN couple’s inability to rein in their passion for each other ended in tragedy when a woman was killed by a train and her partner had his legs torn off during pre-dawn love-making on a railway track, police say.

The accident took place in the southeastern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia early on Saturday.  Read more »

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The Lolly Scramble is now promising a rail line

Labour’s leadership lolly scramble is now promising a rail line…for Gisborne to Napier.

THE two main contenders for the Labour leadership have confirmed they will reinstate the Gisborne to Napier railway line as they gather support towards the party leadership election on September 15.

Candidates Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe both promise they will fix the rail between the neighbouring cities that was broken in a storm in March 2012.  Read more »

Because trains are gay

The Economist asks “Why don’t Americans ride trains?”:

AMERICA has by far the largest rail network in the world, with more than twice as much track as China. But it lags far behind other first-world countries in ridership. Instead of passengers, most of America’s massive rail network is used to carry freight. Why don’t Americans ride trains?

I’ve told you because they are gay.

There are many reasons why Americans don’t ride the rails as often as their European cousins. Most obviously, America is bigger than most European countries. Outside the northeast corridor, the central Texas megalopolis, California and the eastern Midwest, density is sometimes too low to support intercity train travel. Underinvestment, and a preference for shiny new visions over boring upgrades, has not helped.  Read more »

Council fights back against light rail, not Auckland unfortunately

It looks like Perth seems to be throwing off the shackles of loons like Len Brown who are fans of light rail.

A plywood train is sitting in Perth’s CBD, part of a council protest against state government plans to run the real thing down the middle of the city’s shopping malls.

The $100,000, 42-metre-long scale model of the dual light-rail line popped up overnight.

And in an inflammatory move, Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says the model will stay in place for a week to illustrate the inconvenience and potential danger of the plan.

“Once our malls are lost they are lost forever, and we want a city that is welcoming to people,” Ms Scaffidi said.

Is Len working on a deal for it?

Perhaps Len Brown should bolt over to Sydney and offer a knock down price for Sydney’s monorail...all the cool cities have them..like Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook.

Lyle Lanley is probably available to help Len seal the deal.

Work to take down Sydney’s Monorail has begun.

Most of the work will be done at night between 10pm and 5am.  Read more »

Honolulu rail warning for Auckland

Honolulu serves as a warning to Auckland and to Len Brown over the city rail loop project. There are many, many direct comparisons between Honolulu and Auckland.

It has cost over $1.8 billion so far and expected to blow out way over $2 billion.

In 2011, officials in Honolulu, Hawaii began construction on a controversial 20-mile rail project partly because of almost $1.8 billion in federal subsidies to President Barack Obama’s home state. The project’s total cost estimate stands at $5.3 billion, but if other similar projects are any indication, the final price tag will increase dramatically before anyone even gets to buy a ticket. What’s playing out in the Aloha State is happening all over the country.   Read more »

Shhh don’t tell Kiwirail

Whatever you do don’t tell Kiwirail what fat bloated rail executives are getting in the UK to stay in their padded subsidised jobs.

Three senior Network Rail executives are set to pocket £900,000 for not leaving their jobs, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Patrick Butcher, the group finance director; Robin Gisby and Simon Kirby, respectively the managing directors for network operations and infrastructure projects, will each get £300,000 “retention payments” next year if they stay in post.

The proposed “golden handcuffs” rekindled the row over executive bonuses at the company which is responsible for running the country’s track infrastructure.   Read more »