Line well known, as are resilient-repair benefits
Re: It's a rebuild, not repairs, March 30 letter.
Merv, your offer of guiding people along the rail line is unnecessary. The line is well known and understood in detail by many people — mana whenua, freight logistics experts, rail operators, rail engineers, historians, economists, horticulturalists, etc. Your opinions regarding repair, rebuild, costs, etc, are also unnecessary.
The 2019 BERL report “Turanga ki Wairoa Rail – Feasibility study into reinstatement of rail line” is easily accessible to all: https://berl.co.nz/our-mahi/reconnecting-gisborne. It is easy to read, and I recommend that you do read it.
In financing this study, the Government required the questions regarding geological/engineering repair solutions, feasibility, benefits, costs, and social and cultural wellbeing, to be answered. The answers have been provided by the most qualified and experienced people in Aotearoa. In addition, the Climate Change Commission's draft report notes that more freight and people movements should be by rail.
The benefits to be gained by repairing and reinstating the rail line are clear — what is needed now is a decision from the Government to invest in a resilient repair of this rail line.
Gillian Ward (Chair, Gisborne Rail Action Group)