All hail rail
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.