All hail rail

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

A Marl­bor­ough busi­ness woman wrote in The Press on Oc­to­ber 2 that there were no train ser­vices from Nel­son or Blen­heim going south.

Well she was ab­so­lutely right as the line was closed and the track lifted by 1956.

About 20 years ago I heard the chair­man of the Road Trans­port Fo­rum say that New Zealand does not need a rail­way and trucks should do ev­ery­thing. Well, we still have a rail­way of sorts but more trucks than there are drivers.

Driver short­ages are due to it cost­ing $4000 for a li­cence and trans­port firms not set­ting up train­ing schemes, re­ly­ing in­stead on driv­ing li­cence acadamies to do this.

When the Kaik­oura earth­quake oc­curred the Road Trans­port Fo­rum chair­man’s quote has al­most come true, trucks were do­ing ev­ery­thing but the cost is se­vere dam­age to the roads and truck drivers badly in­jured in crashes.

So is road the mode? Hum­bug, it should be All Hail Rail.

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