Kalelovil wrote:The other option is for the Wairarapa to become a Unitary authority and presumably devolve from GWRC. They would become like Nelson.
In terms of Geoff's argument, as the resident prophet of doom and gloom around here, I would actually argue that the Waikato Trains campaign had next to nothing to do with the Kiwi Rail plan to shut down the Capital Connection - prior to Waikanae opening, it was known that the Capital Connection was barely making a profit and the loss of all those Waikanae passengers would have probably tipped the service from profitable to loss making. Indeed, I have the funny feeling that this cancellation is related to the new revamped Overlander - a way to get rolling stock is to shut the Capital Connection.
The unfortunate thing is that Kiwi Rail aren't using their heads on this one - surely, the Silver Fern doing the Capital Connection would have been profitable, given that the thing sips through fuel.
Another thing Geoff, you comment that back in the 1990s when the Capital Connection had fewer passengers, it was making a profit. I would note not only back then were less grunty locomotives used, but fuel was between one-fifth and one-tenth the price. Multiply the amount of fuel used by a factor of five to ten, and see that things are quite different now to what they might have been in 1995.
EDIT: Added the words "is to shut the Capital Connection" at the end of the second paragraph.