Tuesday, March 29, 2011
what's with the TranzCoastal?
While the TranzAlpine passenger train began running again on Monday 7 March following the disruption of the 22 February earthquake, the TranzCoastal (Christchurch-Picton) was given a bus replacement. We understand that when (or if) it resumes running will be put to the KiwiRail board next week. We hope that the result will be an immediate recommencement - it certainly makes no sense to do otherwise, but with the present anti-rail Minister of Transport Steven Joyce in charge, nothing, least of all common sense, can be taken for granted.
Obviously the number of people wanting to visit Christchurch itself will be reduced at present, but there is plenty of available accommodation outside the affected area, and Christchurch remains a hub for travel in the South Island. Fingers are crossed!
at 4:02 PM