This is about as bad as it gets in terms of short sighted bullshit thinking by captured Wellington Bureaucrats…
Leaked documents reveal serious concerns about KiwiRail’s decision to switch from electric trains to diesel
Leaked documents throw into question a controversial decision to dump electric trains for diesel locomotives between Hamilton and Palmerston North.
KiwiRail announced the decision last year, and said diesel would improve reliability and efficiency.
But an external peer review by engineering consultants WorleyParsons warns diesel trains bought from China have “a very high failure rate”.
Seven to nine are out of service at any one time for maintenance, repair and asbestos removal. And their performance has been “extraordinarily poor”.
The review said KiwiRail should be switching its whole fleet to electric, but it said a paper from the company’s board was “biased towards the diesel option”.
And there are more concerns from a separate internal report, which says KiwiRail over-inflated expected savings – and upgrading electric trains was actually $230m cheaper than replacing them with diesel.And Treasury also had concerns. Cabinet advice given to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows officials weren’t convinced by the business case.
They warned KiwiRail “provided no basis for its cost estimate” that electrifying the whole main trunk line could be up to $1bn.
The electric trains will be phased out in the next two years. But Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the whole line could be electrified in the future.
“There is an avenue down the line for different decisions to be made … we can revisit this in due course – if we decide that’s the right thing to do,” he said.
…for Christ’s sake folks, look at your high vegetable costs, the massive rain fall, the extreme weather – climate change is here right now. Making our Trains electric is the future and has to be the future. Buying junk Chinese diesel trains that are dangerous to the workers who must use them while gutting our own trained manufacturers is so far away from where we need to be it’s a fucking scandal.
So what the hell is driving this?
Who is getting paid? We know the National Government have many powerful MPs who are personally connected via wealthy private business relationships with China, so who is getting a slice of this counter-productive bullshit?
5 immediate questions that need to be asked here are:
1: Which National Party MP stands to win something in this?
2: In the report there was the claim that KiwiRail were “biased towards the diesel option”. What does that mean exactly? How were they biased? In what way?
3: Seeing as the astounding suggestion here is that replacing the fleet with electric trains would actually save $230million rather than the diesel option?????? There must be an immediate halt by Minister Simon Bridges on this project because such a difference in costs demands immediate investigation.
4: The impact of asbestos on worker health needs an immediate review and if there is any question of contamination the deal must be called off.
5: There needs to be an explanation of the thinking by the company that they arrived at such a counter-productive policy.