Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Kiwirail must re-open Gisborne line

15 January 2013

Kiwirail must re-open Gisborne line

An independent report released today confirms that the decision to close the Napier-Gisborne rail line is a result of the Government’s anti-rail agenda and has nothing to do with the economics of maintaining the line, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

A report by economic consultancy BERL shows that the business case presented by Kiwirail to justify the line closure rests on highly dubious assumptions that screw the scrum against rail. More realistic modelling shows that, with the support of local business, especially forest owners, there is massive potential to increase freight carried on the line and make it profitable.

“The Napier-Gisborne rail line is a vital piece of infrastructure for the region’s exporters; this report shows it can be run economically,” said Ms Genter.

“Kiwirail needs to reverse its decision to close the line and back sustainable transport on the East Coast.

“Unfortunately, the current Government is likely to ignore this new evidence because it is ideologically set against rail. At the same time as it’s shelling out billions of dollars for uneconomic motorways, National is fudging the figures to justify closing rail lines in the name of saving a few million dollars.

“Transport policy should be about getting the best value for taxpayer money but, for National, it seems to be about building gold-plated motorways and squeezing the rest of the sector dry.

“The Green Party will make fixing and maintaining our rail lines and increasing freight services a priority, not just for the East Coast, but for the whole country. Moving more freight on rail is cost-efficient, it means safer roads, it’s better for the environment, and it helps to reduce our dependence on imported oil. It’s the kind of smart, green economic thinking that New Zealand needs,” said Ms Genter.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Earth Day: Global March To Defend Science In NZ Saturday

The March for Science movement emerged in the immediate wake of President Trump’s inauguration as he moved quickly to curtail the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and limit the ability of government agencies to communicate scientific evidence.

Since then it has broadened to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity”. More>>

'Opening The Election' Video: Nicky Hager And Mike Joy On Science, Spin, And Society

In two videos relevant to the March for Science from Scoop's 'Opening The Election' forum, Massey University's Dr Mike Joy spoke about promoting science in the face of government spin and journalist Nicky Hager offered a checklist of issues to promote for an open civil society. More>>

 

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:


Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news