Rail study is a no-brainer

LETTER

We read in last Saturday’s Gisborne Herald that a $600,000 grant from the Provincial Growth Fund has been earmarked for a rail feasability study, “but the man who has fought to get a railbike tourism venture up and running believes another study is not necessary”.

Yet many say it is important to have rail through to Wairoa and on to Napier. Others say no, it is a problem area because of the soil type.

What I haven’t read is the enormous benefit of having rail functioning again; because of the continuous savings of hundreds of millions of dollars through taking trucks off the roads, year after year.

Huge logging trucks are wrecking our roads now. Recently logging truck operators were permitted to carry heavier loads. Nobody mentions that.

We do not want to disadvantage hard workers in the logging truck industry, but we have a problem that will get worse. Even more logs than now will be going to the port in coming years.

The solution is to rail logs from a yard southwards to Napier — it’s the cleanest and most efficient transport method, and will help in terms of port and city conjestion, road safety and tourism.

The tourist rail cycleway could still happen and Wa165 could regularly steam to a Beach Loop “picnic spot”.

A feasibility study for rail is a no-brainer, despite key leaders around here putting Shane Jones off when he was here after the election, when he was prepared to support/fund rail to Wairoa for Tairawhiti.

Those leaders obviously wanted maximum logs (maximum money) going through town and cramming the port. I rest my case.

Alain Jorion

We read in last Saturday’s Gisborne Herald that a $600,000 grant from the Provincial Growth Fund has been earmarked for a rail feasability study, “but the man who has fought to get a railbike tourism venture up and running believes another study is not necessary”.

Yet many say it is important to have rail through to Wairoa and on to Napier. Others say no, it is a problem area because of the soil type.

What I haven’t read is the enormous benefit of having rail functioning again; because of the continuous savings of hundreds of millions of dollars through taking trucks off the roads, year after year.

Huge logging trucks are wrecking our roads now. Recently logging truck operators were permitted to carry heavier loads. Nobody mentions that.

We do not want to disadvantage hard workers in the logging truck industry, but we have a problem that will get worse. Even more logs than now will be going to the port in coming years.

The solution is to rail logs from a yard southwards to Napier — it’s the cleanest and most efficient transport method, and will help in terms of port and city conjestion, road safety and tourism.

The tourist rail cycleway could still happen and Wa165 could regularly steam to a Beach Loop “picnic spot”.

A feasibility study for rail is a no-brainer, despite key leaders around here putting Shane Jones off when he was here after the election, when he was prepared to support/fund rail to Wairoa for Tairawhiti.

Those leaders obviously wanted maximum logs (maximum money) going through town and cramming the port. I rest my case.

Alain Jorion

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Passenger Rail Richard - 2 months ago
There have been many thousands of words written in support of rail in the "Opinion" and "Letters" features of The Herald stating emphatically all of the substantial benefits that reopening the line will bring to the region and its diverse community.

It is very disappointing to read Alain, that as a supporter of rail you state you haven't read any of them. If proponents of rail fail to identify the published case for rail and neglect to disseminate those advantages to a wider audience, then how do the pro rail community expect the doubters to raise their voice in support? Or even convert any of the anti-rail brigade to change their opinion?

Phil Hunt - 2 months ago
A pity so much money for a report that has already been done! As I mentioned in a recent post, forestry is a cost neutral industry Sure workers get paid and pay tax, but there is little benefit to GDP. As many out of town visitors have remarked, they were shocked by the condition of SH2. On public safety grounds alone, the road should be upgraded or trucks restricted to much lighter loads. Whoever signed off allowing "H" (much heavier) trucks on Napier - Gisborne should be sacked! Many weak excuses for heavier trucks have been used, not one stacks up or has had proven satisfactory results!

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