Rail line needs replacing

LETTER

Re: Need permit to walk line, Sept 7 letter.

Hi Deane, sorry, you are dead right, I should have written that someone should get a permit to walk the line. So in future, I will have to walk the river to get to the monument. Although taking into account the blowout at upper Paratu then up at Tikiwhata, there is no (HRV) access — I guess it would still stand as trespassing.

Deane, your letter of Sept 5 on the 2012 damage was great reading, but that won’t satisfy the Rail Action Group. I do not know why KiwiRail doesn’t come clean and put up a multimillion-dollar figure to totally replace the line. It just can’t be opened then maintained — the slipping, plus the log and slash damage, is far too great.

People must understand you can’t physically clear the log and slash that keeps on blocking the culverts etc. It would take a lifting helicopter with a grabber to do this. The log and slash that blocked the river down our end was not an “act of God”.

MERV GOODLEY

Re: Need permit to walk line, Sept 7 letter.

Hi Deane, sorry, you are dead right, I should have written that someone should get a permit to walk the line. So in future, I will have to walk the river to get to the monument. Although taking into account the blowout at upper Paratu then up at Tikiwhata, there is no (HRV) access — I guess it would still stand as trespassing.

Deane, your letter of Sept 5 on the 2012 damage was great reading, but that won’t satisfy the Rail Action Group. I do not know why KiwiRail doesn’t come clean and put up a multimillion-dollar figure to totally replace the line. It just can’t be opened then maintained — the slipping, plus the log and slash damage, is far too great.

People must understand you can’t physically clear the log and slash that keeps on blocking the culverts etc. It would take a lifting helicopter with a grabber to do this. The log and slash that blocked the river down our end was not an “act of God”.

MERV GOODLEY

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