Focus on the Land
Almost seven months and still we wait . . .
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
NEARLY seven months on, Gisborne, Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay people are still waiting for a decision on the broken rail line.
Yesterday KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn said an announcement on whether the line between Wairoa and Gisborne would be fixed, after it was broken by a slip during a big storm in March, would be made by KiwiRail “as soon as it is available”.
“I expect it will be soon.”
There are no cuts planned for Gisborne KiwiRail staff among the job cuts announced by the state-owned rail operator yesterday.
“Any change would be made commensurate with the decision on the line,” Mr Quinn said.
The process towards a decision had taken longer than KiwiRail wanted.
“But at least all angles have been looked at.”
Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon yesterday asked Mr Quinn when the decision was coming.
“When are you fixing the railway line?
“It is coming up to the busy time and we need to get our produce out to the markets — it has been seven months nearly,” he said.
“Our business people are ready to roll on your tracks.”
07:32 p.m. Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012
I don't think KiwiRail has any staff in Gisborne, so that explains why there's no staff cuts planned for the city. Track maintenance staff are based in Wairoa, and the train drivers in Napier.
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