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The government’s $40m investment in a new freight hub near Palmerston North will ready the Manawatu-Whanganui region for the coming freight growth, KiwiRail’s Acting Chief Executive Todd Moyle says “Palmerston North is already a critical freight distribution point, with goods coming through from the upper North Island, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Wellington, and freight volumes expected to increase significantly in the coming decades,” he explains. Continue →
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National Road Carriers Association and the Ports of Auckland are combining forces to promote change in the supply chain to improve delivery times and prevent delays This initiative has come about because of supply chain capacity issues which were highlighted following an accident at Ports of Auckland in August. Continue →
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The government should move quickly to develop an agreed roadmap with the opposition, councils and business to replace the conventional vehicle fleet with electric and renewable fuel vehicles, an industry expert insists A new report by sustainability consultants thinkstep finds that up to 88% of New Zealand’s 2015 transport carbon emissions can be eliminated by 2050 by shifting the light vehicle fleet to electric and trucks, trains, boats and planes to hydrogen or biofuel, says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood. Continue →
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The country’s leading road transport organisation has welcomed announcements over roading improvements planned for Northland and the Horowhenua The National Road Carriers Association supports the plans announced by the New Zealand Transport Agency that include safety upgrades and new highways between Whangarei and Te Hana in the north and from Otaki to north of Levin. Continue →
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Researchers received some interesting answers when they asked millions of people across the world what they think a driverless car should do in the face of an unavoidable accident Each scenario required making choices between various combinations of saving passengers or pedestrians, and the researchers identified a number of shared moral preferences. Continue →
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There are four ways to fund transport and other infrastructure and with the end of petrol tax increases it is now time we explored the other three So says Stephen Selwood Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand, who outlined the following options. Continue →
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Lingering debate over the form of rapid transit to Auckland Airport reveals a lack of clarity about the role for light and heavy rail This issue must be resolved when the business case is released, says Infrastructure NZ Chief Executive Stephen Selwood. Continue →
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Freight cost rises for a wide range of goods is inevitable says the National Road Carriers Association, the country’s leading road transport organisation “Road transport companies are under increased cost pressure from a variety of directions which will flow through to consumers,” says David Aitken, NRC’s CEO. Continue →
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OPINION “The National Land Transport Programme announced August 31 sees a significant shift in the allocation of road user charges and fuel taxes away from road users to public transport users and raises questions about the future of the state highway network,” says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood “Many city dwellers will welcome the Government’s positive focus on public transport, walking and cycling. Continue →
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Whangarei, winner of the most electric vehicle friendly-town in New Zealand award, has a big advantage over other regions Northland is well connected and the city’s electric vehicle(EV) spokesman, Joseph Camuso, says the big advantage Whangarei has is in knowing all the engineers from the four districts and they can act very quickly to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure and make things happen. Continue →
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An ambitious plan to make Melbourne more liveable by reducing the number of vehicles could serve as a blueprint to solve New Zealand’s growing traffic woes The Victorian city’s transport officials are considering the impact of congestion and vehicles, with the number of people using the CBD grid expected to climb from 900,000 to 1.4 million by 2036. Continue →
Environment
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KiwiRail has committed to help New Zealand move to a low-emissions future, through improving its own operations as well as helping other businesses reach their own sustainability targets KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy was one of 14 CEOs from leading businesses who came together last year to discuss how they could make a meaningful difference in climate change and help safeguard the country’s future. Continue →
Training & Management
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Efforts to ease the driver shortage in the road transport industry has attracted significant numbers of female students to a Commercial Road Transport Programme being held at Manukau Institute of Technology The course, the first of its kind at MIT, aims to graduate students with learner’s class 4 driving licenses. Continue →
Energy
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There are several simple steps that New Zealand could implement to achieve the goal of a low-emission economy, says Toyota New Zealand CEO Alistair Davis   The Productivity Commission’s draft on the move to a low carbon emission economy through a Zero Carbon Act is a sound report on what lies ahead. Continue →
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The government’s Policy Statement on Transport confirms record investment over the next decade, but doesn’t go far enough according to Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood Transport Minister Phil Twyford, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Assistant Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter present the draft Government Policy Statement for Transport. Continue →
Construction
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New Zealand’s civil contractors have welcomed the record level of investment in transport in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport, but are concerned a medium-term construction gap risks losing civil construction capability and capacity to overseas markets Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said the potential $2 billion gap would occur between 2019-2022 as investment shifted from completion of major state highway construction projects to construction of rapid transit and public transport projects, which would not really ramp up until post-2022. Continue →
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The world’s longest sea bridge is about to open to traffic after a nearly eight-year construction period dogged by delays, budget overruns, crew deaths and accusations of corruption The 55-kilometre bridge and tunnel project links the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau with the mainland, heavily reducing travel time and bringing together up to 60 million people into a metropolis-style economy. Continue →
Australia
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Construction on Australia’s road infrastructure is expected to continue its growth in 2018 but could hit a trough in later years as governments turn their focus to rail projects According to BIS Oxford Economics’ Road Construction in Australia 2018 to 2032 report, national road construction activity will reach a historical high of over $20 billion in this financial year. Continue →
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Trial marks a milestone in advancing Urban Air Mobility as Vahana celebrates two years since launch Vahana, the all-electric, self-piloted, vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft from A³ by Airbus, has successful completed its first full-scale flight test, reaching a height of 5 metres (16 feet) before descending safely. Continue →
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