Rail investment excellent

LETTER

The $1 billion investment in KiwiRail recently announced by Winston Peters is an excellent proactive start by the Government towards reducing carbon emissions and developing a safer transport system nationwide.

Rail needs to play a much greater role in moving both people and freight around the country, and the network needs to be extended into the regions, particularly for forestry.

This needs to include reopening the line between Wairoa and Gisborne and relaying the line to Te Karaka for log traffic. Having a rail service would benefit the Gisborne region with helping to reduce the high number of large, heavy trucks on the roads, as well as the potential for a new “Endeavour” passenger train service from Wellington to bring tourists and their spending into the region.

Isaac Broome, Pukekohe

The $1 billion investment in KiwiRail recently announced by Winston Peters is an excellent proactive start by the Government towards reducing carbon emissions and developing a safer transport system nationwide.

Rail needs to play a much greater role in moving both people and freight around the country, and the network needs to be extended into the regions, particularly for forestry.

This needs to include reopening the line between Wairoa and Gisborne and relaying the line to Te Karaka for log traffic. Having a rail service would benefit the Gisborne region with helping to reduce the high number of large, heavy trucks on the roads, as well as the potential for a new “Endeavour” passenger train service from Wellington to bring tourists and their spending into the region.

Isaac Broome, Pukekohe

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Phil Hunt, Picton - 3 days ago
I think the $1 billion over the next two years is only the start. Over the next 10 years another $8 to $10 billion will be needed. In the scheme of things this is not a very large amount spread over the period. We just can't keep on building and maintaining roads. More must go into reliable public transport as well. Even in small towns there may well be an unmet need for certain groups of people to have a local bus service. This will be subsidised, but probably 80% of public transport worldwide is. If you live in any of the big cities of the world you don't need to own a car. When you want to go on a trip where long-distance transport doesn't match your need, you simply hire a rental car. In the future, 10 to 20 years on, these vehicles will be electric and lightweight, so damage to roads will be minimal. Trucks in this country are far too heavy. Lots of countries, more developed than us have lower trucks weights and shorter truck lengths, but the truck lobby has held sway for decades. Sorry, guys, your time is up!

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