Weekend Herald

Light headed


I hope a senior politician has read John Roughan’s column on light rail (Weekend Herald, July 10), a light switches on in their head and they become enlightene­d. Hopefully they will have the backbone to say to their colleagues, “he’s right you know, buses are a better bet”.

New, clean-running buses, lots of them, and all fares one dollar, would revolution­ise transport in Auckland. Cheaper than the billions to build one light rail route, up and running in a couple of years, and offering serious competitio­n to private cars.

But I’m dreaming. The light switch will remain in the off position. Politics will get in the way of common sense, and an ill-thought-out policy will be clung on to in the name of strong leadership.

Tony Waring, Grey Lynn.

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