Te Pahu Miffed at Underground Plan
The burgeoning rural community of Te Pahu is miffed at being left out of the proposed new Hamilton Underground rail system.
Well known for its far sighted transport initiatives Te Pahu used to have two return busses per day prior to the automobile explosion of the 1960’s. Since that time the population has increased ten fold, many of the new residents commuting into Hamilton City.
Unlike the above ground lines to Ngaruawahia, Morrinsville, Cambridge and Te Awamutu, the Te Pahu line (an extension of the Temple View line) is intended to travel the whole distance underground, so as to cause minimum inconvenience.
Our lifestyle blocks have sidelined enough productive farm land as it is – no point wasting any more on an ugly railway line. This will also save tens of millions on land acquisition and bridge construction. But the main long term saving will be on fuel and roading. Up to five hundred cars will be taken off the western access routes into Hamilton, saving between 1500 and 2000 litres of fuel per day.