Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Time Running Out For Overlander

Time Running Out For Overlander

******

The Overlander train service between Auckland and Wellington is to cease operating at the end of September. Australian owned Toll Holdings has cancelled the service – which has run for nearly a century – because it is allegedly no longer 'viable'.

Green MP Sue Kedgley and Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons brave a chilly Wellington morning in order to save the Overlander service
******

Toll approached the NZ Government in an effort to save the service but unfortunately for train buffs the Govt decided that the market should dictate the fate of passenger rail – ie it should cease to exist.

This morning the Green Party started a campaign seeking to give the Overlander a two-year stay of execution. Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and Green MP Sue Kedgley attempted to drum up support and signatures at the Wellington railway station before waving goodbye to an – at least this morning - well patronised Overlander.

"Scrapping this service is such a backward step," said Ms Fitzsimons in a press statement.

"All over the world, train travel is on the comeback trail as a tourism experience. We now urgently need to win a reprieve for the Overlander, so that Toll can devise a targeted marketing campaign aimed at both international and domestic travellers. We can then work together with central and regional government to save this Kiwi icon."

Members of the Maritime and Rail Union were also out in force seeking to save passenger rail in New Zealand.

The future of passenger rail in New Zealand – an empty set of tracks?

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news