Jonthekiwi wrote:KiwiRail will be using the line (excuse the pun) " it loses $7 million per annum". This is creative accounting on its part to appease the Minister of Trucking Lobby. The $7 million p.a. most likely comes from the costs of catching up on the delayed maintenance by Tranzrail from 1995 to 2004 for things such as brige replacement, re-sleepering sections etc...
Jonthekiwi wrote:At present the Northland Auckland railway network removes around 39,000 truck journeys off Northland State Highways and local roads.
Jonthekiwi wrote:Could the the closure of the Northland Rail Network (north of Helensville, including the line to Whangarei, Otiria and Dargaville branches) be designed to help the benefits of his Northland white elephant the $2 billion Holiday Highway from Puhoi to Wellsford?
Jonthekiwi wrote:The Road Transport Forum (trucking lobby) will be very pleased...will they make a larger donation to the National Party for next years election campaign?
Are you willing to make a bet - as soon as I have made sufficient money (perhaps $500,000), I would donate it to the National Party and prove to you that the Road Transport Forums money does not influence policy.
Jonthekiwi wrote:I do hope, for JJ's sake, that was a joke otherwise his age is really showing through with a statement like that.
john-ston wrote:I doubt it - the North Auckland Line at best has between twenty and thirty freight trains a week and the amount of freight is unlikely to increase without the Marsden Point line, and that would require spending a fortune in tunnel expansion. Also, the benefits for the Puhoi to Wellsford Highway would only increase by about 0.001.
Jonthekiwi wrote:JJ - when you've been in a number of international businesses overseas as I have you will learn one thing - money influences. You'll just have to get out of Uni and into the real world of business to realise that. Of course, you are welcome to dream that that is not true.
KiwiRail estimates it would cost $80 million to build a Marsden Point train line.
The cost of upgrading the North Auckland line would be $200 million.
These official estimates emerged during hearings in connection with Northland Regional Council’s 30 year transport plan.
KiwiRail told the council it would be better to build the Marsden Point line first and get a significant volume of Northland freight back onto rail.
KiwiRail indicated to the council that if this occurred, it would be economically viable to operate and maintain the rail line within Northland- “Then as soon as possible upgrade the Northland line.”
The hearings report concludes that discussions should begin immediately on potential funding because of the substantial cost but agreed with KiwiRail that Marsden should have first priority.
But the hearings committee did not think passenger rail would happen in the next 30 years so should not be part of its 30 year plan.
ARC’s regional transport committee had submitted that it supports initiatives to maintain an operational rail link between Whangarei and Auckland and supported any feasibility study for the upgrading of the North Auckland line.
robincole wrote:The Northland line carries more freight in a day than the Gisborne line carries in a week, yet it seems to be in the same category.
robincole wrote:It would seem, judging from the number of trains per week, that they carry the equivalent of 39,000 truckloads per year. That would be a lot more than Johnston's .001% of road traffic.
robincole wrote:I think the NAL's poblem is more a lack of maintenance than a lack of freight.Having said that quite a lot of work has done recently.
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