Subsidy probable

LETTER

Re: Rail rightly seen as ‘out-of-scope’ for road network, August 30 editorial.

The question of whether it is worthwhile to run shuttle trains over a very short distance from Dunstan Road to the port is a fair one, but it is probably going to be more expensive to have the special dedicated rail wagons provided so the extra cost would have to be subsidised. Generally short runs like these do not pay their way.

Patrick Dunford, Christchurch

Re: Rail rightly seen as ‘out-of-scope’ for road network, August 30 editorial.

The question of whether it is worthwhile to run shuttle trains over a very short distance from Dunstan Road to the port is a fair one, but it is probably going to be more expensive to have the special dedicated rail wagons provided so the extra cost would have to be subsidised. Generally short runs like these do not pay their way.

Patrick Dunford, Christchurch

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