NZ Urban Development news from the media | 2 July | Government laying down tracks for the future


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Government laying down tracks for the future

Investment in rail infrastructure in the Wellbeing Budget will make trains more reliable and cut down on maintenance time and costs, rail ministers announced on 25 June.

KiwiRail will kick off the process of getting more than 100 new locomotives and 900 new container wagons, replacing and repurposing old and outdated stock, as part of the Wellbeing Budget’s $1 billion investment in making sure New Zealand has a reliable and sustainable rail network.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, Transport Minster Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones announced more details on the boost to rail.

Winston Peters says after too many years of decline, it’s time rail got back on track.

“We’re addressing the last three decades of under-investment in our rail system, and enabling growth that will ensure rail is sustainable.

Wyndham opening first Ramada serviced apartments in Wellington

A new Ramada Suites hotel will open on Taranaki St in Wellington in late 2020. 

On the corner of Taranaki  Vivian streets, the hotel will have 93 contemporary rooms and conference facilities. The serviced apartments will replace the former Ricoh offices  built in 2010. 

It will be Wyndham Hotels & Resorts 14th hotel in New Zealand and its first in Wellington.  The company owns the Ramada Suites, Days Inn and Wyndham Garden franchises.

Enhancement of Karangahape Road to begin in July

The much-anticipated enhancements to Auckland’s iconic Karangahape Road will begin construction in July.

Auckland Transport (AT) has appointed John Fillmore Contractors Ltd (JFC) to deliver the physical works, starting next month.

The Karangahape Road Enhancements project is being delivered by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport. It aims to preserve the road's unique character and recognise the history of the area while creating an improved street environment to benefit the local community and businesses.

The design has been a collaborative effort. Since 2016, when it was first consulted on, there has been a succession of engagement events, street design development and construction planning with mana whenua, Waitematā Local Board, Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA), business owners and the community.

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