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Tony Robinson covered the Gisborne loss of rail issue very well is his 22nd June 2019 Gisborne herald article; - “Rail is essential to our region”
QUOTE: “The BERL report promises to be the most comprehensive analysis of the rail transport option conducted since the line closed. If the BERL feasibility report is favourable then the council must support it. Security of transport is essential to ensure our region’s economic growth.
The BERL report is due later in the year, most likely after the local body elections. The voting public of Tairawhiti have the right to know beforehand where council candidates stand on this critical issue. I support the reopening of the rail line. If BERL’s report concludes it is viable and I am elected to council, I will do everything I can to achieve the reopening of the Gisborne rail line.”
We look forward to his election to Gisborne District Council.
In a Gisborne Herald press rail poll conducted last week showed 85% of those polled wanted rail services for freight and passenger services returned to Gisborne, and that is significant.
We are confident the new BERL 'Gisborne rail viability study' being produced this year in 2019 will support the re-opening of the Gisborne rail service again.
Why do we believe this?
Our past history will now reveal why?
This article first appeared on www.scoop.co.nz
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