Loopy Lenny and the Pink Faced Poof are both intent on building a train set for Auckland. They want a rail link to the Airport, a CBD rail loop, light rail on the surface streets, and a rail tunnel under the Waitemata harbour. They need to sell this idea to Auckland and to the rest of NZ. (because we will probably all end up paying for it) Practiced con artists that they are, and well experienced in how to dupe NZ voters, Len and Darren will continue to lie about three basic factors in their argument for trains. The three lies they will use are-
1) Rail will reduce congestion. A lie. Amounts spent on rail are so huge other roading projects (a far better alternative in terms of cost benefit) must suffer. Rail networks add to congestion.
2) Rail networks have considerably better cost benefit ratios than other forms of public transport. A lie. Such projects are notorious for amazing cost overruns. See 3) below for the other part of this lie.
3) Rail will move x amount of passengers and produce y amount of revenue. A lie. These claims are always false and used to underpin the false CBRs referred to in Lie 2. Experience shows that figures for x and y are always far too optimistic. Often the trains only carry half the estimated passengers and produce less than half the income generated.
Bottom line is rail is impractical, unaffordable and uneconomic to operate. Right now, with NZ’s parlous economic situation, it’s a loony idea that we need like we need collective holes in our collective heads. Want a detailed analysis of this summary? Go here and read the usual excellent stuff from Own McShane- Retro Rail Alert