READER REPORT:

Fix the economy? Fix the rail network

IAN TURNER
Last updated 05:00 06/01/2013
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Throughout the length and breadth of our country we've thousands of people unemployed. We could provide hundreds of jobs through rebuilding our rail infrastructure; but this will have to be done by Government leadership and investment.

We've been down this road before during the great depression of the 1930s. No problem then, why not now?

Now that we have large containers for carrying goods and services and other bulk cargo why not re-regulate the road transport industry and selectively transfer cargo back on to a rebuilt railway network system away from large trailer trucks?

Of course, there will always be a need for door-to-delivery but rail would be more efficient for most of the container freight movements, especially for import/export shipping services with larger container ships now coming in to service.

Northport at Marsden Point when connected by rail to the main trunk could be a major hub for our overseas shipping container requirements.

A further short rail extension to the New Zealand Refinery would also provide a necessary backup for our fuel distribution requirements, by rail oil tankers.


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