Trains and bikes don’t mix!

LETTER

If you ever heard Wa165 past Bartletts you would know it is a very steep grade (about 1 in 50). With the railbikes, even on a dry day, you would be hard-pressed to get to the top of the Whareratas!

Whilst I think that some closed lines make excellent candidates for such a venture, this is not one of them. With the reasonable prospect of the line reopening, trains and bikes don’t mix!

Merv says it can’t be done or it is too expensive. How much is repairing SH2 Napier to Gisborne costing each year? I have posed this question in this paper three times now, with no response!

As I have previously written, Gisborne is often cut off by road north and south in the winter, several times for weeks on end (Waioeka Gorge). If you count the distant Manawatu Gorge (trucks from East Coast would use it if it were still open), your connectivity problem is plain to see. The fix of that bit of road (SH3) is quite a way off, but the rail has only once been blocked by a slip in the gorge.

We have the opportunity to get rail up and running! Apart from Nelson (different scenario), only Gisborne has no rail to a large NZ town. There will be no cost to ratepayers, so let’s do this!

Phil Hunt, Picton

If you ever heard Wa165 past Bartletts you would know it is a very steep grade (about 1 in 50). With the railbikes, even on a dry day, you would be hard-pressed to get to the top of the Whareratas!

Whilst I think that some closed lines make excellent candidates for such a venture, this is not one of them. With the reasonable prospect of the line reopening, trains and bikes don’t mix!

Merv says it can’t be done or it is too expensive. How much is repairing SH2 Napier to Gisborne costing each year? I have posed this question in this paper three times now, with no response!

As I have previously written, Gisborne is often cut off by road north and south in the winter, several times for weeks on end (Waioeka Gorge). If you count the distant Manawatu Gorge (trucks from East Coast would use it if it were still open), your connectivity problem is plain to see. The fix of that bit of road (SH3) is quite a way off, but the rail has only once been blocked by a slip in the gorge.

We have the opportunity to get rail up and running! Apart from Nelson (different scenario), only Gisborne has no rail to a large NZ town. There will be no cost to ratepayers, so let’s do this!

Phil Hunt, Picton

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Passenger Rail Richard - 2 months ago
Rail and bikes do make good partners. Indeed, modern passenger rail carriage design is very innovative in accommodating a cyclist's desire to have their bike accompanying them on a trip to destinations further afield - and not just shoved into a goods wagon as an after thought as per the bad old days! Any new passenger rail operator who ignores this niche market is oblivious to a rapidly growing recreational revenue resource.

However, I absolutely agree that cycles of any construct should not in themselves be riding the rails. That is an ill-conceived recklessness that not only inhibits a rail line's earnings potential but seriously and unnecessarily introduces greater safety risks along the permanent way.

Rail tracks for trains - cycle tracks for bikes.

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