Rail pledge just for votes?

LETTER

It would appear that Labour has reneged on its pre-election promise to repair the railway line between Gisborne and Wairoa.

Since the railway development was funded in the Budget, Shane Jones has confirmed that Gisborne needs our rail line reopened for our future development.

I hope Labour’s promise wasn’t only a vote-catching exercise, as it would be embarassing with Jacinda Ardern’s connection to Gisborne.

R. Hart

It would appear that Labour has reneged on its pre-election promise to repair the railway line between Gisborne and Wairoa.

Since the railway development was funded in the Budget, Shane Jones has confirmed that Gisborne needs our rail line reopened for our future development.

I hope Labour’s promise wasn’t only a vote-catching exercise, as it would be embarassing with Jacinda Ardern’s connection to Gisborne.

R. Hart

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Phil Hunt, Picton - 2 months ago
I think we should see some movement on this subject in the not-too-distant future. Those that support the re-opening will already have been in contact with the Government by now.
There is a lot to do. Over the next 10 years about $8-10 billion will be needed to bring the rail system up to the standard needed to do the freight task it is designed to do.
This will also include some new passenger initiatives, but these may be 2 to 5 years away.

Andrew Brown - 2 months ago
New Zealand First is showing itself as the true party funding regional rail. Labour are more interested in building a tram to Auckland Airport (that no one wants).

NZ Firsts' Provincial Growth Fund has funded the study being undertaken now for re-opening the railway to Gisborne.

So yes, if you voted Labour for rail that was a wasted vote. Next year support New Zealand First for the largest expansion of our railway network in decades.

Time we took a lot of the large, dangerous trucks off our roads.

Ken Crispin - 2 months ago
"Tyre dust is another plastic pollution hazard."
Press release. Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre. 20/6/19.
Environment.

A Ministry of Transport study shows that tyre wear from a truck is at least 100 times more than an average car.
https://transport.govt.nz/assets/Import/Documents/9fa2b3a10b/stormwater-emission-factors.pdf

In a corner stone report released by the Ministry of Transport, titled "Emission Factors for Contaminant s Released by Motor Vehicles in New Zealand", it clearly shows graphs and tables confirming our worst fears that surfaces of rough-surface roads will increase the tyre-to-road "friction" that will greatly increase the tyre wear and tyre dust "emissions" from all tyres if the roads are made from a chip seal, or worse from a metal or gravel road surface.

The tables and literature show that as the weight of the freight carried on trucks increases, the tyre dust emissions increase dramatically.

We have located documents that show scientists have now found traces of tyre dust being carried on sea tidal currents to the polar ice, and are now speeding up the melting of the ice caps - due to the black tyre dust attracting the sun's heat.

The Ministry of Transport's "Emission Factors for Contaminants Released by Motor Vehicles in New Zealand" is a serious wake-up call to our local governments which are now beginning to write changes and intent into their future planning to reduce climate emissions, after signing the "Climate change emergency declaration".

Our HB Regional Council are also signing on to this climate change emergency declaration: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1906/S00449/hawkes-bay-support-for-climate-emergency-declaration.htm

Rail is the answer as steel wheels on a steel track have no friction or tyre dust emissions, and therefore rail is the "environmental gold standard" for the future economic growth of our regions and increased business development, to avoid any increased harm to our environment or climate.

Ken Crispin
Secretary, Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

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