Rangiora / Kaiapoi Express Bus Numbers Well Short Of Viable For Trains

Between 2016 and 2020, the New Zealand government built an extension of the Christchurch Northern Motorway as a part of its Roads of National Significance programme, at a cost of $240 million. This created a more direct and faster transport route between QEII Drive in Christchurch and the Chaneys Interchange just to the north of… Continue reading Rangiora / Kaiapoi Express Bus Numbers Well Short Of Viable For Trains

National’s Attack On Public Transport Not A Gaffe?

On 12 April 2022, the leader of the National Party, Christopher Luxon, was quoted in a news article saying “public transport needs to stand on its own feet. It can’t be subsidised or underwritten … it has to be able to build on its own case“. The following day he walked back his comments, saying… Continue reading National’s Attack On Public Transport Not A Gaffe?

Ecan’s latest commuter train proposal a political stunt

In 2017, the Labour Party entered the election campaign promising to fund commuter passenger rail in Christchurch to the tune of $100 million. Labour won enough support in the election to form a government with the pro-rail NZ First party, so there should have been no lack of desire to implement this proposal, although in… Continue reading Ecan’s latest commuter train proposal a political stunt