What does the future hold for the general freight and passenger railway in New Zealand? How is Rail really performing financially and operationally in New Zealand? Is it improving?
What are the fundamentals of the economics of Rail in New Zealand and how do they it affect its prospects? How do New Zealand Rail transport economics truly compare to New Zealand Road transport economics? What about Coastal Shipping?
Is the current direction of New Zealand’s Rail system sustainable? Will the Turnaround Plan work or will it emphasise Rails fundamental issues in New Zealand?
What can Rail learn from Aviation, Road and Maritime Transport?
What lessons can be learnt from the past on the New Zealand’s Rail systems financial and operating performance? What are the emerging trends in transport?
Should Wellington be the base for Interisland freight transport ex the North Island? What about New Plymouth? Does Clifford Bay stack up for Rail, Road or both?
Is there a future for inter urban or intercity rail in New Zealand or does the future just lie in urban metro and limited rail tourism for long distance passengers?
How is the urban rail renaissance doing in New Zealand? What are future prospects?
Is there a role for the private sector (or entrepreneurship) in the provision of Rail Services in New Zealand? If so - what roles and how do we avoid the perceived mistakes of the past?
Why has Rail in New Zealand in the past got such a bad wrap both culturally and politically – Is it changing? What is the media attitude to Rail and does it merely reflect the populist view?
These are just some of the big issues I will be addressing in my forthcoming blog and commentaries starting from January 2012.
Rail is at a Crossroads in New Zealand and its future may take it in directions yet unchartered. We are all watching with great interest.
Check back in the coming weeks for some insight into these and other issues from an experienced transport and financial analyst as I examine where the future of New Zealand Transport might take us.