Get over it action group
Re: Now reopen rest of line, October 4 letter.
Gillian, I have way over 100 letters to the editor sitting in a heap on the floor of my office, starting from early 2018. In that time the Rail Action Group has had over 20 letters. Other supporters, 10-15, and on they go.
The small number of supporters do not have a clue as to the amount of destruction that has happened from Gisborne to Nuhaka.
Again, I accuse your Rail Action Group of misleading the public, and not just of Gisborne.
There was $600,000 wasted (in my opinion) on the Berl report which said $36 million and 18 months to open the line, when KiwiRail and myself say $150 million-plus.
June 15, 2019 Gisborne Herald Weekender, two pages, this time factoring in wellbeing and building a vibrant community.
December 18, 2019 front page Gisborne Herald, Reinstate rail line, $20m-$23m.
July 25, 2020 Gisborne Herald Weekender, two pages — repair needed not a rebuild and vintage train's future on the line.
I didn't see any response to an article I put in The Herald not long ago, Transport links risk, “similar event to 1957 slip when, not if”.
Now here you go again: GRAG congratulates KiwiRail on getting logs from Wairoa to Napier on a weekly basis. “Now, there is just a short section of railway line which needs to be repaired and some catch-up maintenance to be done.”
If a house gets flattened by gale force winds, that is a rebuild not a repair. If 70km of rail link has many blowouts and huge amounts of damage, that is a major rebuild and major repairs (the Tikiwhata dropout needs a 60 metre viaduct built), $150m-plus. This will take some four years, as long as Blacks Beach or Waikokopu doesn't slip into the sea or the Kopuawhara River doesn't take out more rail line. (Which it will; we haven't had any real big rain for four years now).
Get over it GRAG and GDC, the Gisborne to Wairoa rail link will never reopen — it has been closed for more than nine years.