Rail promises, talks — or action?

LETTER

My heart leapt on reading that “the provincial fund Regional Development Minister, delegated KiwiRail Minister” (sic) promised in Parliament that he would be coming to Wairoa for talks about reopening the railway.

Then I had second thoughts. The railway line from Napier to Wairoa is already “open”, except in name — KiwiRail prefers to call it “mothballed” but that is just a word on a piece of paper; it doesn’t need repair work or a high-ranking personage to cut a ribbon to declare it “open”. Rather, what is needed is a “resumption of service” on the line, either by KiwiRail or a short-line operator.

The real need is a promise to open (i.e. connect) the line between Wairoa and Gisborne by repairing damage caused by the extreme weather event nearly six years ago. Now, that would be a major leap forward. And it doesn’t need “talks”, it just needs doing!

Come on, Shane Jones (delegated KiwiRail Minister), let’s have some real action.

Peter Wooding

My heart leapt on reading that “the provincial fund Regional Development Minister, delegated KiwiRail Minister” (sic) promised in Parliament that he would be coming to Wairoa for talks about reopening the railway.

Then I had second thoughts. The railway line from Napier to Wairoa is already “open”, except in name — KiwiRail prefers to call it “mothballed” but that is just a word on a piece of paper; it doesn’t need repair work or a high-ranking personage to cut a ribbon to declare it “open”. Rather, what is needed is a “resumption of service” on the line, either by KiwiRail or a short-line operator.

The real need is a promise to open (i.e. connect) the line between Wairoa and Gisborne by repairing damage caused by the extreme weather event nearly six years ago. Now, that would be a major leap forward. And it doesn’t need “talks”, it just needs doing!

Come on, Shane Jones (delegated KiwiRail Minister), let’s have some real action.

Peter Wooding

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