As covered over at Auckland trains, the MP for Hamilton East, David Bennett, is opposed to the introduction of a regular train service between Auckland and the Waikato. He is now responding to the postcards being sent to him by saying any potential rail service would have “problems”.
Responding to this, Barry Palmer has prepared the attached letter, which eloquently explains why Mr Bennett is wrong on every count.
What is especially disappointing about Mr Bennett’s attitude to Hamilton rail is that he was a willing recipient of our petition to electrify Auckland’s rail network back in 2007, along with Green Party MP Keith Locke. We thought this marked a sea change National’s thinking towards rail, but clearly we were mistaken.