Apologies It has been a long time since my last post. I have had a little trouble with my health and as a result had to move to Brisbane. I’m feeling slightly better now and hoping that I can get into the habit of writing again. Hopefully, this will be the one that gets me going again.
But enough about updating on me I know what you really want an update on is that integral piece of infrastructure we fought for last year; the third main. For those not familiar here is a good run down.
After a lack of news I decided the contact KiwiRail, unfortunately, the update isn’t very good:
Attributable to KiwiRail Group General Manager – Investment, Planning and Risk David Gordon.
“The current situation is that KiwiRail had applied for funding from the National Land Transport Fund to construct the Third Main. We have been advised that at this time we will be funded to further develop the business case in order to make a further submission to the NLTF in the new calendar year for the full design and construct costs.
“At this stage we intend to have a revised submission to the NLTF for them to make a decision by the middle of calendar 2019.”
So the original business case must have either not been detailed enough or not done the NZTA way which will have its own business case process to access the transitional rail funding bank as part of the recent Government Policy Statement.
As a result of all this red tape, it will not be funded this year and will have to wait till the middle of next year for a decision to proceed. Even then after that we still have to go through all the procurement and consenting processes let alone the time actually building the main.
At least, however, the NZTA are funding the updated business case itself.
It seems we have a long wait yet for the third main.