Rail link needed now . . .

LETTER

Re: Gorge slip slows Wellington traffic.

Oh boo hoo, those poor motorists delayed after a rockfall on the Ngauranga Gorge — delays stretching 10km back to Tawa. They should count themselves lucky they at least had a lane to move traffic in, albeit slowly.

The Waioeka Gorge has been blocked for a week now, with alternative routes north either by SH35 or via the Napier-Taupo highway (now closed). Manawatu Gorge road closed till further notice. And this morning, SH2 under threat of closure south of Wairoa.

Oh, what’s the only thing that could get through . . . yep, a restored rail link! Let’s see if IwiRail can get going and reconnect the rail network in our region, as we don’t seem to be able to rely on roads these days.

Scale

Re: Gorge slip slows Wellington traffic.

Oh boo hoo, those poor motorists delayed after a rockfall on the Ngauranga Gorge — delays stretching 10km back to Tawa. They should count themselves lucky they at least had a lane to move traffic in, albeit slowly.

The Waioeka Gorge has been blocked for a week now, with alternative routes north either by SH35 or via the Napier-Taupo highway (now closed). Manawatu Gorge road closed till further notice. And this morning, SH2 under threat of closure south of Wairoa.

Oh, what’s the only thing that could get through . . . yep, a restored rail link! Let’s see if IwiRail can get going and reconnect the rail network in our region, as we don’t seem to be able to rely on roads these days.

Scale

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lloyd gretton - 5 days ago
I give up

Richard - 3 days ago
Scale has a point - and that is that Gisborne needs a multi-modal transport infrastructure, not just road and air.
Those who "give up" are condemning Gisborne to a lifetime of road chaos. Giving up on rail is accepting impassable roads are "the norm" and that an improvement in transport logistics for freight and passengers would not be beneficial for our region. May as well return to the pack horse as they would have more chance of getting through the gorge than the motor car and truck these past days.