Rail has a great future in NZ

LETTER

I spent the first four years of my life living in Waikoura, commonly called Torries Camp, where the first rail tunnel out of Gisborne was being built — and I have a passion to see this line re-established.

I have a strong belief in the power of rail, properly managed, and believe that along with the promotion of tourism, rail will have a great future nationwide.

Patricia Wright

Christchurch

I spent the first four years of my life living in Waikoura, commonly called Torries Camp, where the first rail tunnel out of Gisborne was being built — and I have a passion to see this line re-established.

I have a strong belief in the power of rail, properly managed, and believe that along with the promotion of tourism, rail will have a great future nationwide.

Patricia Wright

Christchurch

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Richard - 2 months ago
Modern railways are the future. The regeneration of rail globally as a primary transport medium has in the past two decades seen abandoned lines rebuilt, disused lines regenerated, and totally new rail pathways established both for freight and passenger traffic.

Freight is now moved from China by rail to a central European distribution hub at a quarter of the cost and a tenth of the time compared to by sea. More freight than ever before is being transported across the USA, with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates the major private investors. Rail freight in Africa (most notably minerals) has regained its predominance following major investments across the whole of the continent.

And, passenger rail services continue to carry ever more volume: commuter, intercity and both domestic and foreign tourist across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

The question has to be asked therefore why is NZ so backward in coming forward with rail regeneration? Why are the road transport lobbyists so profoundly favoured?

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    Do you support the call for a feasibility study into developing an "inland port" and sending the district's export logs to Napier Port by rail, to get log trucks out of the city and to repurpose the port and harbour area?