Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Perth a model?

Interesting letter in today's Herald by W.McKenzie of Morningside.
Perth has many similarities t to Auckland; a one million plus population, beaches, outdoor lifestyle, low-destiny housing, a suburban railway system with three of four lines, about 100km of motorways and a population passionately in love with the car.
A difference is that in the early 1990s, Perth sold its diesel suburban railcars (to Auckland) , electrified its rail lines, upgraded all its stations and bought dozens of new trains, which resulted in patronage increasing from six million in 1991 to 30 million last year.
Perth has 57 train stations, Auckland 39 which would increase to 43 if the Onehunga line were brought into use.
Apart from the North Shore and Howick-Pakuranga, our existing rail network provides excellent coverage of Auckland's elongated shape, as good as rail coverage in the broad exposure Perth enjoys.
If Auckland's existing rail line and rolling stock were upgraded to Perth's standard, our ridership would quickly rise to about 20 million a year, which would be of tremdnsous benefit to the region.

Good one Mr McKenzie. This is election year. It's time to ask our potential MPs.
Perth's train system maps are here.


Blogger Raunwara said...

Perth rail system is a great model however its linear by design and each run has to double back on the same track. If Auckland can re-develope we could introduce circular loops that make for greater efficiency. Perth rail/bus connections are not so good with much lower 1 hr frequency than the trains 7 min. The advantage of Perth is all the transport is under one agency and so more co-ordinated. Perth is going ahead because of good leadership at political level and Auckland is ??

9:40 AM  
Blogger Lewis said...

You mean Auckland isn't?

3:00 PM  

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