Let’s back rail for long haul

LETTER

Re: Why not build the rail north now? July 21 column.

I have to agree with Ken and say it’s a no-brainer. We’ve got to move with the times and start the job that’s ahead of us.

We can’t just sit on our backsides and five or seven years down the track have God overnight make a miracle cure and say your line is fixed, Amen, put it to good use and enjoy it. It doesn’t work like that.

Look, its quite simple and straight forward. We the people of Gisborne, Wairoa and Napier have to come together to show that we are in it for the long haul.

This railway line is easily fixable. We’ve just got to be motivated and focused on reopening it, and ensure we have the freight and passengers for it to run all year round.

Stuart Clark

Re: Why not build the rail north now? July 21 column.

I have to agree with Ken and say it’s a no-brainer. We’ve got to move with the times and start the job that’s ahead of us.

We can’t just sit on our backsides and five or seven years down the track have God overnight make a miracle cure and say your line is fixed, Amen, put it to good use and enjoy it. It doesn’t work like that.

Look, its quite simple and straight forward. We the people of Gisborne, Wairoa and Napier have to come together to show that we are in it for the long haul.

This railway line is easily fixable. We’ve just got to be motivated and focused on reopening it, and ensure we have the freight and passengers for it to run all year round.

Stuart Clark

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Richard - 2 months ago
Look, on the one hand you have the Maori party declaring "IwiRail" and on the other hand you have various political parties declaring their support for a fix of the rail line. And we have a Mayor who has consistently misled the electorate on where he stands on the important subject, despite the fact that it is absolutely obvious from his declarations that he supports a bike trail as opposed to a railway.
When will the communities take this matter into their own hands? Where are those within who will wrestle this subject from the politicians and KiwiRail and take ownership?
May I refer all those who are seriously interested in an operational line from Gisborne to all points south to Wellington to take courage just like the First Nations communities in Canada and buy their line (1,700kms) from Winnipeg to Churchill to secure their connectivity to one another and to the major centres of commerce with which they rely upon. More than 3x the length of the line from Gisborne to Wellington!
For those of you who require inspiration follow this link:
http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170726-the-people-who-want-to-buy-a-railroad

Less talking more direct action please.


Tangihoro Fitzgerald - 2 months ago
Kia ora Stuart. There's nothing more powerful than the word "Amen". All of the affected communities all the way to Wellington wholeheartedly hail this initiative. In just 36 hrs Jacinda attracted a whopping $250,000 investment. Nothing is impossible with God. Amen.

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