Roll out rail net­work

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

With the new Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing a mas­sive tree-plant­ing pro­gramme with reestab­lish­ing the NZ For­est Ser­vice, to be based in Ro­torua, at­ten­tion needs to be go on ex­pand­ing the rail net­work in this re­gion to carry the mas­sive amount of forestry traf­fic.

A rail line needs to be built into the Ro­torua and Taupo re­gions to serve the many plan­ta­tion pine forests and two large mills at Waipa and Taupo, to help re­duce the high num­ber of heavy log­ging trucks on the re­gion’s roads.

A line be­tween Kin­leith-Ro­torua-Taupo would link all these forests, mills and a dairy fac­tory at Re­poroa along one line and it could also carry gen­eral freight and tourists be­tween Auck­land-Hamil­tonMata­mata-Ro­torua-Taupo to ease traf­fic vol­umes on State High­ways 1 and 5.

A line to Taupo would also have the po­ten­tial to be elec­tri­fied, pow­ered by the many re­new­able geother­mal power sta­tions re­cently built in this re­gion, help­ing the Gov­ern­ment achieve its goal of re­duc­ing net car­bon emis­sions to zero.

Isaac Broome, Pukekohe.

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