Expensive and unsuitable structures
Train platforms too short. The ARC chairman finally works it out after all these years:
"It seems this is a case of bureaucratic foot-dragging and almost could I say sabotage really, because if we are restricting Onehunga to two-carriage trains, yet demanding six-carriage stations everywhere else, it just doesn't stack up."
Mr Lee complained about not being consulted about the "shrunken" station, although he had been told this week that its dimensions were "flashed up" on a projector screen by an Arta official during a regional council meeting in May.
It's sabotage alright. The Avondale Station - for example was demolished and then shifted... and then shifted again! The temporary stop they built looks just the same as the new one. And just like all the other stations there are no clocks. So we have no official acknowledgment of how slow the trains run. There's a level crossing for pedestrians - to invite fatalities. But they've spent money on electric gates for it.
It's all sabotage. It's to keep the works programme rolling over. They deliberately fail to co-ordinate so they have to do everything three or four times. The intersection near my place has been re-made three times in less than a year as each needless mistake is remedied. The auditor-general signed off on the same sabotage with the footpath contractors case. The real rip off is that they haven't undergrounded the lines when they did all those streets. Every bit of concrete that has to be uplifted before its 40 year lifespan to underground the lines is because of the failure of the councillors now and all that waste is their fault. They are misspending on infrastructure to suit budgets and they don't care or comprehend what a mess it all is. When confronted with the mess they will blame each other and central government. All they can agree on is to change policy, again. That's Auckland.
And then there's the stupid sheds which are boring us to indifference.Strip it back to the metal - weld up the thunderdome.