Shows need for rail link

LETTER

Well, here we are, cut off again with our main road to the north closed due to a slip in the Waioeka Gorge. It looks like it will be another few days while contractors work hard to clear the debris. The road to the south towards Wairoa experienced slips too last week! Even though SH35 is one of the alternative routes, it’s not the best road in places.

This is where the rail link would be ideal for getting supplies through, whether food or other goods, emergency supplies in the case of a disaster and passengers too. Yes, I know there isn’t a rail link north, but really perhaps we should seriously think about it. Not just for freighting goods but also for passengers, a cheaper alternative to flying, tourists enjoying the scenery from Auckland/Tauranga down to Gisborne, on to Napier and beyond. Time to rethink!

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Well, here we are, cut off again with our main road to the north closed due to a slip in the Waioeka Gorge. It looks like it will be another few days while contractors work hard to clear the debris. The road to the south towards Wairoa experienced slips too last week! Even though SH35 is one of the alternative routes, it’s not the best road in places.

This is where the rail link would be ideal for getting supplies through, whether food or other goods, emergency supplies in the case of a disaster and passengers too. Yes, I know there isn’t a rail link north, but really perhaps we should seriously think about it. Not just for freighting goods but also for passengers, a cheaper alternative to flying, tourists enjoying the scenery from Auckland/Tauranga down to Gisborne, on to Napier and beyond. Time to rethink!

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Mary-Ann de Kort - 4 months ago
Absolutely

Paul Thomas - 4 months ago
Absolutely should happen!!! Time to be visionary! If we can build highways of national importance then we can build railways of national importance! Beyond Gisborne there was a railway line, it just needed to be connected through to the nearest rail point in the Bay of Plenty!

Wasn't me...................... - 4 months ago
With the location and the conditions between Gisborne/Wairoa/Napier railway line, there would be the high costs for it to be maintained, the tunnels are very old so the upkeep and keeping them safe would outweigh cost and common sense. Make the government fix the roads, forget the railway. It's gone! A thing of the past. It'll never happen people!!

Richard - 4 months ago
I have to disagree.
Firstly rail should be here "Wasn't me" and no rail to the Bay of Plenty is not the sensible rail investment option. Better to get on with restoring the link to Wairoa and then to build a new northern link from Napier to Taupo to Rotorua and then onwards North on existing rail. That route Gisborne-Auckland would be very attractive to a passenger rail operator.

wiki gerrard - 4 months ago
To "wasn't me" . . . what a sad comment you have made re our rail line! If the bloody National Government had fixed the washout when it only cost 4mill then today there would be not much cost to maintain our rail!! Here in Australia the company my hubby works for has been buying up rail for sometime as they see more benefits to using rail compared to road freight. Passenger trains still run over here too, and this country is mostly flat. New Zealand needs to be looking at rail given our countryside but, no, rather put up with regular Waioeka landslides blocking the highway where nothing gets through!!!

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