Opawa Rail Bridge Rebuild: Is Road Widening Relevant?

Since last July, work has been underway at the Heathcote River in Opawa, Christchurch, to rebuild the double track rail bridge there. The photos below are from a recent track occupancy which was being done in order to construct a new abutment at the west (or in railway terms, south) end of the bridge. This… Continue reading Opawa Rail Bridge Rebuild: Is Road Widening Relevant?

CCC Opposition To Commuter Rail Continues? Where To Now For CR Campaign?

At this stage it’s uncertain where commuter rail proposas for Christchurch will go to in the near future. The article title is based on the understanding that the latest bus system improvement plan seeks to prioritise bus services and make them more viable and attractive to passengers, this includes the rather obvious attempts by CCC… Continue reading CCC Opposition To Commuter Rail Continues? Where To Now For CR Campaign?

Marsh Road Railway Crossing, Rangiora: A Typical Territorial Authority’s Incompetence and Whitewashing of Road Safety

SUMMARY: This crossing is dangerous because Insufficient stacking distance for vehicles to stop safely and check the crossing is clear High level of driver workload on the adjacent four way intersection Railway track curves within 100-200 metres of crossing depending on direction making visibility of approaching trains difficult. A train at 100 km/h can cover… Continue reading Marsh Road Railway Crossing, Rangiora: A Typical Territorial Authority’s Incompetence and Whitewashing of Road Safety