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Sowry sounds warning on rail deal

Roger Sowry National MP

5 June 2002

Sowry sounds warning on rail deal

The Wellington Regional Council decision to join with Stagecoach in a bid to buy Wellington's commuter train network raises considerable concerns for ratepayers of the region, National MP Roger Sowry said today.

"The Wellington Regional Council does not need to be in the business of running the train network.

"The Council has, through its subsidy and negotiating regime, considerable say over Wellington transport. It does not need to take an ownership role to continue to have that say.

"Wellington region ratepayers should be wary of what the Wellington Regional Council is signing them up too. The council should stick to its core business rather than building its empire.

"The Council is spending an enormous amount of time and money on this issue, yet it is not even clear that Tranz Rail wants to sell the commuter network," Mr Sowry said.

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