News: Not a grab bag says transport minister

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee

Transport minister Gerry Brownlee says the governments focus will remain on high priority strategic transport initiatives that support the economy, improve road safety, and deliver value for money.

In a speech to the Road Transport Forum conference last Friday, Brownlee spoke about the Accelerated Regional Roads Programme – a package of State highways around New Zealand, which the government will accelerate by drawing on the Future Investment Fund.

“I was surprised at the time to hear that the Road Transport Forum wasn’t supportive of the investment, labelling it pork barrel politics, and questioning the economic rationale for some of the projects,” says Brownlee. Continue reading “Not a grab bag says transport minister” »

News: Open days for southern corridor improvements

southern-corridor-img3People will have their first opportunity to look at the initial project designs and provide feedback for the southern corridor improvements in Auckland at open days being organised by NZTA from next week.

The initial designs for the important upgrades along the Southern Motorway (State Highway 1) have been completed and public feedback will help shape the next stage of detailed design, says NZTA acting highway manager Steve Mutton.

The $220m project is one of a number of key works included in the Government’s accelerated programme to improve transport infrastructure in Auckland. Continue reading “Open days for southern corridor improvements” »

News: Call to action for truck driving women welcomed

logo-rtfA 25-year-old-mother-of-two has welcomed the action plan launched by the Road Transport Forum to attract more women into the sector.

Kylie Winiata told the Manawatu Standard that she welcomed the move by the RTF.

“There’s no point in letting the guys talk you out of it, women can do the job just as well, if not better and I tell my boys that,” she says. Continue reading “Call to action for truck driving women welcomed” »

News: Interislander ferry changes to speed things up

KaitakiInterislander is adjusting its sailing schedules to ensure it can continue to meet freight and passenger demand. The morning sailings of the Aratere are being replaced by services run by the Arahura and Kaitaki.

Aratere has recently returned from a refit in Singapore, and it has been apparent over the last few days the vessel is down on speed.

Mechanically and electrically, Aratere is running perfectly and there are no safety or environmental concerns, however the vessel is running on smaller propellers, which are less efficient and are having an impact on speed. This is causing delays of 15 minutes per crossing, which compounds over a day into significant impacts on scheduled services and responsibilities to customers. Continue reading “Interislander ferry changes to speed things up” »

News: Northland transport link rebuild ongoing

SH1_Maromaku_south_of_KawakawaThe NZ Transport Agency and local Northland contractors have worked around the clock to re-establish the State Highway 1 transport link severed by last week’s storms.

The Transport Agency and it local contractors, Fulton Hogan and Opus, have been working around the clock with a singular focus on re-opening this lifeline for the region.

“These hard-working men and women have effectively built a new 100 metre section of highway from scratch in less than a week, and they’ve done it working in very challenging conditions,” says transport minister Gerry Brownlee. Continue reading “Northland transport link rebuild ongoing” »

News: DAF produces millionth cab in Belgium

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Truck manufacturer DAF recently produced its 1,000,000th cab at the production line in Oevel, Belgium.

“This is a tremendous milestone in the history of DAF’s axle and cab factory”, says DAF Truck N.V president Harrie Schippers.

The millionth truck was a DAF Space Cab and it was handed over to Louis De Wael, managing director of transportation company ‘Vervoer Van Dievel’ from the Belgian town of Mechelen. Continue reading “DAF produces millionth cab in Belgium” »

News: Changes at St Lukes westbound interchange

st-lukes-interchange-improvementsDrivers are advised of temporary changes at the St Lukes interchange on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16) as work to complete the Western Ring Route gathers pace.

From Monday (21 July) to next Thursday (24 July), NZ Transport Agency contractors will realign the right turn lane from St Lukes Road to the westbound on-ramp of the motorway. The existing traffic island and some vegetation will be removed to give the workers safe access to the southern end of the St Lukes Road overbridge to build a retaining wall.

To minimise disruption, the work will take place between 9pm and 5am when traffic volumes are lightest. A detour will be in place, and the Transport Agency says people can avoid any delays by using alternative routes. Pedestrians are also advised to take extra care with the new layout as these changes affect them too. Continue reading “Changes at St Lukes westbound interchange” »

News: Transport minister unaware of skills list removal

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Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee told the Road Transport Forum (RTF) conference delegates he was not aware that the category of heavy truck drivers had been removed from the immediate skills shortage list (ISSL) held by Immigration New Zealand.

Brownlee had concluded an address to the conference outlining the government’s achievements with roading and infrastructure, and was taking questions from the audience when RTF chief executive Ken Shirley asked him if the government would address the driver shortage issue by revisiting the ISSL and putting heavy transport drivers back on it, prior to the general election on September 20. Continue reading “Transport minister unaware of skills list removal” »

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