Looks like the Nats are going to use the bridge washout on the Gisborne-Napier rail line as an excuse to close it. Despite wagon volumes growing 12-fold this year.
The wall of wood has to come out somehow. The roads can’t handle the trucks. Madness to mothball a massive piece of capital that is in growing demand for want of $4.3m.
More has been spent so far clearing a slip from the nearby Waioeka Gorge road, no questions asked.
The Nats’ anti-rail agenda = more trucks tearing up our roads and more oil imports.
(Not dissing the Waioeka Gorge, btw. A great drive and, without it, the trucks are ripping up the long coast road. I remember a road trip on it when I was a kid. A brace of Skyhawks came screaming past us, flying inside the gorge. Pretty awesome for a ten year old.]