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LETTER

Can someone please answer why people keep going on about putting logs on to rail wagons to get them off roads? I didn’t know the rail went up the Coast where most of the logs are coming from — and do we not have a very successful port here?

To all the letter writers who think that the rail will take trucks off the road south — you are dreaming! Don’t start comparing our rail (or lack of it) with countries like China, where there are millions who use rail daily. Not going to happen here — never has and never will.

The Gisborne rail line is not something astute investors will waste their money on and neither should the council with ratepayer money. We don’t have enough major industry here to support it and most of what might be shipped by rail needs to be carried by trucks at either end.

I recall the railcar but that only had support as roads in those days were quite poor and far fewer people had cars.

Support and develop a tourist line for the steam train, but forget the main line — no one has yet told us how it’s suddenly going to be an economic success, as it never was.

Gizzy Local

Can someone please answer why people keep going on about putting logs on to rail wagons to get them off roads? I didn’t know the rail went up the Coast where most of the logs are coming from — and do we not have a very successful port here?

To all the letter writers who think that the rail will take trucks off the road south — you are dreaming! Don’t start comparing our rail (or lack of it) with countries like China, where there are millions who use rail daily. Not going to happen here — never has and never will.

The Gisborne rail line is not something astute investors will waste their money on and neither should the council with ratepayer money. We don’t have enough major industry here to support it and most of what might be shipped by rail needs to be carried by trucks at either end.

I recall the railcar but that only had support as roads in those days were quite poor and far fewer people had cars.

Support and develop a tourist line for the steam train, but forget the main line — no one has yet told us how it’s suddenly going to be an economic success, as it never was.

Gizzy Local

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Richard - 3 months ago
Dissenters of restoring the rail line always highlight the yesterdays and the here and now. And they draw inequitable comparisons such as China vis NZ. They focus on the level of commercial activity today, its composition and output. It's an ostrich mentality.
Astute investors risk their capital not on what a company is doing now, but what's in the development pipeline tomorrow - be it new products, advanced processing, technological improvement, acquisitions or new markets. Bring those vanguard instruments into the proposition and rail certainly delivers for the investor - institutional, governmental, private individual or organisation have all engaged themselves in modern railways - high or low speed, rural, urban and intercity - passenger and freight. The global accountancy practice Price Waterhouse Cooper has presented extensively on how to do it profitably, IBM Consulting likewise.

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