Thursday, 27 September 2018

Regional Council says it would do little differently if it could roll out Wellington's new bus network again




DomPost article Titled:

"Regional Council says it would do little differently if it could roll out Wellington's new bus network again"

This will be short and brief.The GWRC has, as people have pointed out, proven themselves incompetent with regards to the handling of this fiasco and fuck-up.

Having Councillors responsible for the transport system NOT SHOWING UP TO MEETINGS because it was too "toxic" is inexcusable. Having the nerve to blame an operator as the main reason why the network is failing, rather than themselves, is ridiculous.

To then go on and say that if they were able to wind back the clock and start again, that they would change very little, shows the traveling public and the residents in the Greater Wellington area, that this regional council gives exactly ZERO fucks about the people who rely on public transport to get to and from work, home, school and other places. These people are the ones with the power to vote these ignorant shits out of council come local govt election time next year.


I GUARANTEE THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO VOTE WILL WANT LAIDLAW, DONALDSON AND CO GONE! I WILL BE ONE OF THESE VOTERS

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Tramways Union News: Wellington bus drivers vote to strike!


::News from the Tramways Union Wellington Branch::

Hundreds of Wellington region bus drivers have voted for an ongoing strike at any and all of the region’s public transport bus companies that have not settled a collective employment agreement by October 23.

Drivers also raised a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and called for a commissioner to take over the region’s public transport.

Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the strike is a matter of last resort. “We have been trying to get Tranzit to negotiate for months and still have no offer from them or any indication they are taking the bargaining seriously. This is why we have now had to set a deadline.

“Meanwhile the GWRC has been telling us everything is fine and refusing to hold their contractors to account for their lack of good faith. It’s become clear that the Council has no intention of fixing the industrial dispute or the public transport system. They need to have it taken away from them before they make matters worse.

“There is no way that Wellington’s bus system can be fixed without a fair deal for drivers. Until this is settled the driver shortage will continue, the industrial action will continue, and drivers will continue to have no reason to even try to make this broken system work.

“We don’t want to make life harder for Wellington commuters, the council has already done enough of that, but if we don’t take a stand things are only going to get worse for everyone. I think the people of Wellington understand that which is why our members have had so much support.”

Companies facing industrial action are: Tranzurban Wellington and Hutt (Tranzit), Uzabus, and NZ Bus.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Livestream Announcement! OMSI 2 » 22/09/2018


Friday, 14 September 2018

Need I Say More?


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Chris Laidlaw - The facial expressions and body language of a man who doesn't care



Oh, and that last image has Darren Ponter, the spokesperson for public transport I believe (scribbling on the paper in the background), who describes the operational part of the network as a "failure" but still says that the rest of the system is fine...

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Seven Weeks In » The Bus Network In Wellington.

No surprise that it is still broken... Buses disappearing from RTI displays, buses late, cancelled etc.

I went around Wellington on Sunday and I think the only bus on time was the number 3 from it's starting point at Tirangi Rd!

After reading an opinion piece from Dave Armstrong on stuff titled:
"Dave Armstrong: My free plan for better Wellington buses"

I went to the comments, as I usually do, to see what people think.

Some were supportive of Dave's idea of not paying for any bus later than 10 minutes, whilst some were not.

Obviously Dave's idea is not to go at the drivers, rather at the council, as i'm pretty sure that all the farebox revenue goes straight to GWRC at the end of the day.

One comment stuck out for me:

Monday, 20 August 2018

Metlink Route 1 Timelapse - Wellington (Hutt Rd) » Johnsonville » BCI Citirider



I was able to film part of my journey to Johnsonville. Hope you enjoy this ride on a Tranzurban BCI Citirider! Music: Apperture by Unison [NCS Release]

Friday, 10 August 2018

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Site Update: 09/08/2018

I've removed the two images in honour of  Go Wellington and Valley Flyer, since it's been over one month since contract change in Wellington, and more than two in the Hutt.

I've also added, above the searchbar on the right, a little list, that I will populate, with upcoming events, such as livestreams, bus and train spotting, and other things that may be of interest to people.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Bus Spotting In Wellington Region: Friday 27th July

I've wanted to get some pictures of the wellington bus scene after contract change for a while now, and according to the weather people, friday is the best day to do so.

Also wanted to ride a Double Decker bus as well :)

Friday, 6 July 2018

The beginning of the end for Snapper on the Airport Flyer?

This is most likely the beginning of the end for Snapper.

I received an email from Snapper (Twice actually) with the subject "Changes here, there and everywhere"

I read the email and saw the usual gibberish. Bus route changes. Fares going up etc etc.

Then I got to a section and had to pause for a second...


Monday, 2 July 2018

Friday the 13th of July 2018 - Into the windy capital I go...

With camera in hand, I'll be riding as many buses as I can, before contracts change.

I Haven't actually ridden any GO Wellington bus from memory. Combine that with no knowledge of the routes, this day will be interesting. A lot of planning will be required just so I can get back to the damn train station!

This will most likely be the last time I'll be able to ride a MAN 11.190 (Unless I head to Auckland, even then it's not guaranteed I'll find one). Whilst I had planned for my trip to Upper Hutt to be the last time to ride one of those troopers, I still miss seeing them around, with musical ZF gearboxes and loud engines, wearing purple and orange...

I'll have to admit, being a Nui boy born and bred, I never really appreciated GO Wellington, as they never served any lines I took, so that's why I can appear to hold VF to a higher tier than GW (Everyone ought to know what the acronyms are right?)

With that said, I'll be looking forward to the experience!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Friday 15th June 2018 - The day I go and photograph and ride the crap out of the Valley Flyer fleet.

[UPDATE TO THE UPDATE - 18/06/2018]: I just went down to visit the Wainuiomata Bus Depot, Expecting to see lime green blue and yellow buses. What I saw was locked gates protecting what was left of the Wainuiomata Valley Flyer fleet. I will take my camera down on Wednesday and photograph as many buses as possible!


Another update: I saw a valley flyer bus leaving Wainuiomata so I could be too late as they might all be gone by tomorrow... We'll have to wait and see...
Yup, No buses left :( Although there was a bit of a purple rag, reminiscent of the purple buses that once were.

[UPDATE]: Lower Hutt Pictures have been posted. Ran out of time tonight to post the ones from Upper Hutt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/techladdie/

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

techladdie on Flickr!

I have had a Flickr account from way back in 2012, but only now have I put anything on it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/techladdie

 

You can also find the link by clicking "Flickr" on the menu bar of the website!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

1st Quarter 2018 Update

It's a new year, but things haven't really changed...

Uploads are pretty much non-existent as I can't really be bothered with the slow upload speed we currently have...

I have two different videos from UPPE For all those who know what that means :) Captured around the end of 2017 that are yet to go up.

On a side not towards my other interest, buses, Valley Flyer has lost the contract to run the buses in the Hutt Valley (Not to mention how many routes Go Wellington has probably lost), there will be a new bus company operating in the hutt. Named Tranzurban, it's a subsidiary of Tranzit Coachlines (You know, the people who run Intercity after the railways sold it off in the 90's) will be bringing in some buses from the UK. These Optare Metrocity's are going to be between 10.5 and 10.9 Meters long and look rather weird with a hump at the front:

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Year In Review: 2017

Another year has been and gone, so lets look back at 2017...

YouTube Channel

My YouTube channel hasn't really moved sadly
Lets have a squizz at how many train-related videos I uploaded last year:
Three videos... wow. The kicker is that I have two videos waiting to be processed/uploaded. Truth is I can't be bothered uploading them at this point in time due to file sizes and ISP upload speed restrictions at 2Mb/s. 1080p60fps videos are a larger file size than standard 1080p30fps and therefore require longer to upload. My last attempt took nearly 6 hours!


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