Transport New Zealand says the Auckland CBD could see its first passenger car arrive by the end of 2019.
In a statement, Transport New York says the company is working on plans to upgrade the city’s rail network, but says there are “significant challenges in the way New Zealand works with infrastructure to provide high-speed rail.”
The statement says it will be up to Transport New Yorker (TNW) and the Government to determine whether the Government can invest in infrastructure that will enable the introduction of an R5 vehicle by 2019.
The R5 is the first car capable of travelling at speeds in excess of 70 kilometres per hour.
The statement adds that the Government has also agreed to contribute $2 million to the TNW’s ongoing road transport infrastructure programme.
“These are exciting times ahead for Auckland,” TNW CEO Scott Thomson said.
“It’s the first R5 in the world, so it is the culmination of a long process of research and design and testing that has led to this vehicle.
It is a testament to the hard work of our engineering team that the R5, a vehicle built in partnership with a company with expertise in the field, is here to roll.”
The R3 is the largest vehicle in the industry, capable of traveling at speeds of around 80 kilometres per hours.
Thomson said the TNZR5 will be able to carry a passenger in a comfortable seat, which will be the first time a car in New Zealand has a seat.
“This is a vehicle that’s been developed and engineered for the needs of the city of Auckland and for the drivers and passengers in the city,” he said.
The TNW says it has completed “over 10,000 hours of research” into the R3.
The vehicle has undergone more than 50,000 kilometres of testing, and the TBNZ has completed an extensive safety review, which includes testing the vehicle on the Auckland city centre.
The company says the R4 will be available in 2019.
It also says that the vehicle will be capable of transporting passengers in “high-density” locations, such as hotels, office buildings and multi-storey housing.
The Government says the Government will continue to support the RNZR and will work closely with the company to develop a high-capacity rail system that will make Auckland a more sustainable place to live.”TNW is working closely with Transport New New Zealand to ensure that this vehicle can be deployed as soon as the Government is prepared to invest in the R1,” the statement says.
“As we work with Transport NZ to bring the R2 to market, we will continue with the work of improving the R7 to ensure we deliver the world’s first mass transit vehicle capable of moving people, goods and passengers around Auckland.”