Monorail concept for city

Sky Cabs international is presenting a monorail option to city councillors today. Photo: Supplied.

A proposal to solve Tauranga’s traffic woes with a New Zealand designed and patented monorail system is to be presented to Tauranga city Councillors today.

A speaker from Sky Cabs International Ltd is to update the council’s Transport Committee on the advantages and cost benefits of a high speed two-way mono beam system that the designers say will reduce congestion and pollution while improving commuting speeds.

The designers say their system is a cheaper and more efficient people mover than light rail, by using a high frequency 24/7 service.

The Sky Cabs website says the NZ system is cheaper than light rail, requires less land and can be built in a shorter time. It is also claimed to cost less than a bus rapid transit system, which the city council is looking at for Cameron Road.

The SkyCabs concept was originated by Auckland architect Hugh Chapman, who developed aspects of the design.

A patent application was made because the concept was unique and feasible, and international Patents and Copyright have been applied for. Patents are granted in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, USA, other countries. The initial feasibility of the concept and design has been verified by professional consultants and industrial companies.

The Public forum is held at the start of the Transport Committee meeting which begins at 1pm.


@ Boris the Blade

Posted on 03-01-2018 16:40 | By MISS ADVENTURE

The TCC concept is the issue, they know that CBD parking shortages are teh problem and they are desparetely trying to "create" some idea that will address that without admitting that they have compeltely messed up everything already. The plan is to create something that is totally stupid, guaranteed to fail and will cost ratepayers massive amounts in debt, costs and rates for generations. This fits all the desired criteria and so Councilors will be ring fenced and coralled into it by simple creative nonesense that they will headlong fall for 100%. The crowning colamity avoidance "ACE-IN-THE-HOLE" for TCC staff will be to suggest a little shiny new plaque with Larry’s name on it... none then will be able to resist the personal desire and self glorification then available, all fingers will be in the air faster than commonsense can leave the room.

@ maildrop - Proven?

Posted on 03-01-2018 15:53 | By MISS ADVENTURE

They wont do that, this is simply about creating a wayu to have more staff, more pay increases and creating yet another costly official overburden for ratepayers. This is nothing to do with what anyone else wants, what is cost effective and what is cost efficient.

What about us Brain Dead Slobs?

Posted on 02-01-2018 12:38 | By teamjelly

Will we be given Cushy Jobs?Flag the Electric only idea - What about Rocket motors on them for additional speed during peak hours.

Excellent idea

Posted on 12-12-2017 16:40 | By NZer

Just as good as that artificial surf reef.....

I've sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook

Posted on 12-12-2017 13:16 | By flashmedallion

...and by gum it sure put them on the map!

White Elephants

Posted on 12-12-2017 08:19 | By Bazza 78

Mono rail to ferry people from the bus terminal to the new museum. The two biggest money wasting white elephants working together.Council will love it.

First time for everything I guess but..........

Posted on 11-12-2017 20:27 | By Boris the Blade

Show me any other monorail system in the world that actually "works"! All the ones I have seen don’t.A "novel" idea that will only be a "novelty" for tourists and like everywhere else a glorified fairground ride. It will take you rapidly everywhere you don’t actually wish to go. Sydney - fairground ride. Miami - doesn’t go anywhere near where you wish to go and travel at night at your peril. Germany - only one that has been there for years and is again a fairground ride. An answer looking for a question.


Posted on 11-12-2017 19:24 | By Capt_Kaveman

a load of bollocks, who is trying to sell this? some one out for a buck, buses and trains which already in place need to be tweaked for people to use them, why not spend money on people who know what they doing

Good idea but.

Posted on 11-12-2017 17:12 | By Marshal

This is a good idea but, Why don’t we use this idea to transport all the logs from the central North Island forests, and all the Kiwi fruit from the Bay to the Port of Tauranga.. leaving the roads for cars and such. The logs and Kiwi fruit all come from the same points and have the same destination. People come from all over the place and want to go everywhere..Maybe the ramblings of a fool.. But weren’t a lot of other amazing concepts..Cheers..


Posted on 11-12-2017 15:27 | By Val.M

Now that is a very interesting concept. Lets hope it can be done!


Posted on 11-12-2017 13:57 | By

Go for it.


Posted on 11-12-2017 13:36 | By stephennel

No, we want none of that - we are hell-bent on a museum even if we have to walk all the way to get there.

Careful TCC

Posted on 11-12-2017 12:27 | By maildrop

I’d prefer something proven. It sounds as though its main selling point is "cheapness". To me that means it will be unreliable and poor quality. I hope the Council can look at it with open eyes, rather than Kiwi one eye.

Smart business

Posted on 11-12-2017 11:10 | By Angels

This company can tell when you have an out of controlled council who are spend freaks.Scary living in Tauranga presently as you really don,t know what other huge debts this council will consider. Truly scary time for ratepayers and the families to come to pay for all the huge expenditures this council is doing.Time to realise we are only a small city.

Simple solution to Cameron Road

Posted on 11-12-2017 10:51 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Get the light change timing correct then the conjestion will be gone, make Cmaeron Road 4-lanes, same result.

It Makes sense

Posted on 11-12-2017 10:31 | By tabatha

What a great idea, but just watch the knockers come out of the wood work. Put it across city as the end result, get the buses off the road altogether, that will allow for heavy trucks to use those lanes.

here we go again

Posted on 11-12-2017 10:31 | By Captain Sensible

TCC will want the premier deluxe version made of gold with a diamond encrusted track. Rate payers will have to prepare for a 2000% rate increase because the fares will be subsidised to $1 and every passenger not from this area will get a free ipad.

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