Feilding Herald : May 10th 2012
2 THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012 NEWS LOTS OF MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS INSTORE Vege & Bread Bins Chopping Blocks Nest Of Tables Rio Chair Half Round Table French Chair Waste Bin Laundry Bin Round Table Ward's Furniture 219 Broadway, Marton Ph 06 327 6045 4574232AA $150 from $65 from $150 $699 $495 from $299 $95 $299 Ri Chi $195 from $695 CONTENTS The only publication that reaches every property in the Manawatu and Rangitikei districts 29,000 READERS EVERY WEEK EDITOR 323 5839 Opinion . . .. . . Page8 Bulls Feature . . . . Page15 Rural . . .. . . Page28-29 Arts and Entertainment . . .. .. .. .. . . Page30-31 SportPages . . Page33-34 Groups and Clubs . . Page 34 Classifieds . . Page 35-39 Puzzle Page . . . . Page37 Protest to stop KiwiRail cuts By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Save our stops: A petition is available at Feilding, Taihape, Marton, Bulls iSITEs for people to show their objection to KiwiRail no longer stopping at every station. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS. Rangitikei district councillor Rich- ard Aslett is irate that only three years after public objections reinstated the Overlander service, only four stops are to retained between Auckland and Wellington on the North Island main truck line's passenger rail service. Mr Aslett is circulating a petition asking that the decision by KiwiRail to stop at smaller stations such as Feilding, Marton and Taihape be reversed. He has also written to KiwiRail management. The KiwiRail proposal is that the passenger train will be northbound from Wellington on three days a week, and southbound from Auck- land on three days a week, with no service on Wednesday. The train will stopat Hamilton, National Park, Ohakune and Palmerston North. Mr Aslett said he agreed with many of the changes made by Kiwi- Rail to enhance the service includ- ing the reduction of services and the new scenic carriages. The proposal to chop out some 12 stops as part of the attempt to rec- tify the time frame issues of the cur- rent Overlander journey is com- pletely unacceptable,'' he said. He agreed the 12-hour schedule was erratic and would often over run, but suggested this was due to bad management not long stops. Three years ago (the Taihape Community) undertook a campaign to reinstate the Overlander stop in Taihape. After genuine negotiations with the then KiwiRail team, we were guaranteed a 12-month trial period, and if all went well, the stop would be made permanent.'' The installation of the Gorges to Sea and Country Roads cycle routes was part of the National Cycleway and could use rail for tourists to bring their bikes by train, as in overseas countries, cycle part of the route over one or several days, then pick up the train at another station. Taihape had the potential to be a vital hub for cycle tourism. Busi- nesses planned to build on the rail- way bringing tourism. Taihape is just one town facing up to this quite unacceptable pro- posal, and rather than go it inde- pendently, we feel that everyone who is facing the chop' deserves our support,'' Mr Aslett said. He has circulated the petition as far as Levin and Otaki which also are to lose their stops. Feilding promotion manager Helen Worboys was happy to help with the petition. She said Feilding is New Zealand's most beautiful town and has attractions such as shops and cafes within walking dis- tance of the station. Mrs Worboys said it looked like KiwiRail was not interested in pass- enger services. Their single price for the Overlander, no matter how far you travel, could not compare with bus ticket prices. With only a one-way service on Sundays and no stops in Feilding, there will no longer be an alternate Sunday Steam service over winter with Feilding Steam Rail's steam locomotive pulling the Overlander passenger to Taihape and back. They (KiwiRail) have pulled the plug on the Steam Sunday service, which was Feilding Steam Rail's main money maker. This was a very popular service, it sold out every year. Why would you pull the plug on such a success- ful service?'' she asked.
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