A RAIL AT KIWIRAIL
Kiwi Rail and the Government seem to have their thoughts backwards.
They are drawing out the final decision on the Capital Connection train service between Wellington and Palmerston North. The passengers aboard this service need to make decisions on their futures re transportation and jobs, but can’t because the powers to be won’t make up their minds on whether the service will continue or be cancelled.
But when it came to extending the time frame to a proposal to lease the Napier-to-Gisborne line to a group of financial and former railway people overseen by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Kiwi Rail choose to not extend the time .
The decision seems back-tofront, because there are no services on the line, so it doesn’t matter when a decision is made. My understanding is that the proposal put forward was sound and economically viable.
The group needed only three months to dot their I’s and cross their T’s on the proposal, but were stopped in their tracks from doing that, while the passengers on the Capital Connection train service still don’t know the fate of their service, which should have been decided by now.
To KiwiRail andGovernment, get your act together.
Either run a train to Waikanae or Wellington or put on a bus service, or withdraw it all together and let the passengers find their own way to Wellington but get on with it.
And allow the group wishing to lease the mothballed Napier to Gisborne section of the Palmerston North to Gisborne railway line finish their financial proposal, and then sit down with them and nut out the nuts and bolts of this submission. It was a wrong decision made by KiwiRail, but they are the owner on the track.
Ian Franklin, Palmerston North
The drawn-out decision-making process over the future of the Capital Connection is affecting long-term transport arrangements for the train’s commuters.