Auckland’s entire railway network is to be closed and rebuilt in stages. How did we get here?
Author Archives: andrebrett
Better average speeds mean better passenger rail for New Zealand
New Zealand’s passenger trains have slow overall end-to-end speeds. Even modest improvements will enable competitive offerings that are quicker than driving.
New Zealand, the “better things aren’t possible” country
Just got back from the public transport policy briefing. Amazing turnout. Thousands of planners holding documents and chanting “better things aren’t possible”. I jest—a bit.
The next train is delayed by four years: Thoughts on the NZ National Land Transport Programme
New Zealand needs a major modal shift. It’s time to summon a sense of purpose and invest in a bold vision for the future with rail at the forefront of transport planning.
Some light research
I thought it was about time that I updated my research pages. So, because I know how to party, I did it on a Friday evening. Please enjoy a quick tour.
I’ve been there, I know the way: the NZ passenger rail book is happening!
Fancy some hot takes, rigorous research, and awesome maps about NZ railways? We got you fam.
Inconvenient or Accessible? Archives and Research Libraries in Australasia
How hard is it for a researcher to get to Australasian archives and libraries without a car? Sometimes easy. Sometimes unreasonably difficult.
Slow train coming
The train arriving on platform 2 is André’s new website, perhaps slightly overdue.