If the railway platform is too short, the remedy is obvious – you simply send in shorter trains

July 8, 2010

Alf has often wondered whatever happened to the blokes who built this…

And this…

He is wondering no longer. He reckons the buggers probably came to Auckland to build railway platforms.

Alf’s hunch is based on news that Auckland rail officials have been accused of “incompetence on a grand scale” for building a railway platform too short for the trains it will serve.

Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee is furious with the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (Arta), after discovering a 55-metre platform being built for the long-awaited Onehunga station will be at least 15m too short for three-car electric units due in service from mid-2013.

“They’ve gone ahead and built this without future-proofing for electrification. The people of Onehunga have been short-changed.

“They haven’t even present-proofed it – it’s just sheer incompetence.

“Why should Onehunga of all the stations of Auckland be made into a Lilliput station?”

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Rankin’s record of missed meetings

May 31, 2009

The media jackals have found fresh Rankin bones to gnaw into.

They have shifted from Christine’s bed chamber ( tittle-tattle stuff on marriage, divorce, suicide and what have-you) and into the council chamber.

The Herald on Sunday has gone there and pounced on Rankin’s attendance record at Auckland Regional Council meetings.

It’s the worst among elected members of Greater Auckland’s major councils.
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