Rail option north needed

LETTER

Now we need rail from Gisborne to Tauranga — this is the second closure of the Waioeka Gorge road in 33 days!

Rainfall is forecast to increase in the years ahead, according to a Niwa report released this week.

We travelled back from Tauranga last night at 6pm, and the whole length of the gorge was covered either in fallen trees or rocks, and rivers in parts of the lower gorge also. We saw two large slips; one was almost completely across the road and the other two-thirds across the road.

It was windy and heavy rain was coming down — it all made this trip very dangerous.

A northern rail link was the first thing that came to mind, spurring me to write this note; the last plan for a rail route north from Gisborne was produced for Government Public Works and was for a rail line to travel west from Te Kaha (north of Gisborne) to Mangakino, another forestry town in the Waikato, with the rail also connected to Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty. The Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre has copies of that plan.

Ken Crispin

Now we need rail from Gisborne to Tauranga — this is the second closure of the Waioeka Gorge road in 33 days!

Rainfall is forecast to increase in the years ahead, according to a Niwa report released this week.

We travelled back from Tauranga last night at 6pm, and the whole length of the gorge was covered either in fallen trees or rocks, and rivers in parts of the lower gorge also. We saw two large slips; one was almost completely across the road and the other two-thirds across the road.

It was windy and heavy rain was coming down — it all made this trip very dangerous.

A northern rail link was the first thing that came to mind, spurring me to write this note; the last plan for a rail route north from Gisborne was produced for Government Public Works and was for a rail line to travel west from Te Kaha (north of Gisborne) to Mangakino, another forestry town in the Waikato, with the rail also connected to Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty. The Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre has copies of that plan.

Ken Crispin

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Richard - 4 months ago
The route north or north west from Gisborne is not going to be viable due to the construction costs over very difficult terrain and the inevitable unsustainable lack of both freight and passenger traffic on the line.

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