Rimutaka Rail Trail threatened
Protecting the Rimutaka Trail
Greater Wellington has recently received an application from the Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust for permission to reinstate the railway line.
We need to front up on 23 Nov and 15 Dec at GW. Who can come?
Please email fran [dot] wilde [at] gw [dot] govt [dot] nz and murray [dot] kennedy [at] gw [dot] govt [dot] nz with your views.
Points you might want to make:
- with 80,000 visitors a year, the Rimutaka Trail is the most popular in the region.
- it's considered the best ride in the region for beginners and families
- it's a convenient and attractive link for cyclists to the Wairarapa. The alternative is SH2.
- "Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides" rate the ride with 4 stars - "mountain biking paradise"
- we are concerned that the proposed new walkway would go around or over the tunnels.
- It's hard to imagine how any new walkway would be as good as the existing trail. A major feature of the Rimutaka Trail is that it follows the historic railway line, on a comfortable gradient.
- we've got nothing against vintage trains, but question whether a regional park is the best location
If you have biked or walked the trail, please say how you enjoyed it.
CAN - Cycling Advocates Network
Tel 04-210-4967 Mob 027-563-4733, skype patrick.morgan.can
PO Box 25-424, Wellington www.can.org.nz
More people on bikes, more often
Application to occupy historic Rimutaka Railway formation (Maymorn to
Greater Wellington has recently received an application from the Rimutaka Incline Railway
Heritage Trust for permission to reinstate the railway line and operate a railway service on part of
the Rimutaka Railway formation. The application covers the GW-owned land from the forest
boundary at Maymorn through to Summit.
You may be interested in attending Greater Wellington's Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee
meeting on 23 November when there may be a brief discussion about the proposal. The Council is
expected to make a decision on the proposal at its meeting on 15 December.
If you would like to
speak at the start of either meeting as part of Public Participation you are welcome to do so. It
would be appreciated if you contacted Francis Ryan (francis [dot] ryan [at] gw [dot] govt [dot] nz) the day before the
meeting if you wish to speak. Alternatively, you can write to me with any comments you would like
the Council to consider.
General Manager, Development Group
DD: 04 3817791
murray [dot] kennedy [at] gw [dot] govt [dot] nz
PO Box 11646
142 Wakefield St
T 04 384 5708
F 04 384 1826