I’m done with pouring billions into Kiwirail.
Even yesterday a transport company was moaning about how many more trucks would be needed in a rather poorly written article in Fairfax. The quoted number was 27,000 extra trucks which of course is complete rubbish.
Freight is already delivered to rail by trucks and removed from the other end by more trucks making the freight triple handled.
But there is a solution, one which won’t mean extra trucks on the roads, and one which makes sense.
- Rip up the rail tracks;
- Get rid of the rolling stock and staff but keep the overhead power lines;
- Tar seal the rail corridor to form a two way dedicated road;
- Charge trucks a toll to use them – because of the dedicated use, the trucks (and passenger versions) could be driverless or at least highly automated.
A hugely more flexible option that allows freight operators to bear the capital costs directly and takes the long-distance stuff off the current roads. It uses proven technologies.