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$5.2 billion in rail spending since 2003 budget @JulieAnneGenter @JordNZ

$5.2 billion in rail spending since the 2003 budget! This $5.2 billion does not include any spending on urban rail, commuter train networks or their electrification. The $5.2 billion since the 2003 budget is for the passenger and freight network, not the urban metro contracts

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Source: New Zealand Budget Papers, various years.

Desperately waiting for that dividend the taxpayers lose if any of these assets are privatised. The spending listed below in the two charts includes loans, capital injections and the purchase of the track and of the train operator itself. The latter was purchased for $690 million which was soon written down to zero.

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Source: New Zealand Budget Papers, various years.

There is no table because the table format breaks down when blogged.

At various times, OnTrack and KiwiRail was subsidiaries of the New Zealand Railways Corporation, which was the holding company. Now OnTrack is a division of KiwiRail.

What is freighted by road? @TransportBlog @JulieAnneGenter

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Source: Ministry of Transport (2014). National Freight Demand Study 2014.

What is freighted by rail? @TransportBlog @JulieAnneGenter

The Greens want to expand rail freight but stop mining coal which is 1/5 of rail tonnage.

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Source: Ministry of Transport (2014). National Freight Demand Study 2014.

@jamespeshaw what do coastal ships ship when they ship 4.2 million tonnes per year?

If coastal shipping is going to double its freight capacity, and certainly going to need some new ships because the existing ships are unsuited to taking over the current business of road freight.

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Source: Ministry of Transport (2014). National Freight Demand Study 2014.

@JulieAnneGenter only 21% of freight is contestable by rail

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

@jamespeshaw only 8% of freight is contestable by coastal shipping

Shipping offers only a tiny bit of competition the rail freight but barely any with road freight

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

@JulieAnneGenter road, rail & ships are not substitute modes

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

@jamespeshaw how many domestic shipping services in NZ? 16!

Of the 4.2 billion million tons of annual coastal shipping in New Zealand, 2.32 million tons of that is petroleum products. The majority of coastal shipping is petroleum products redistributed from the one refinery in New Zealand to the rest of the country. You can’t double that which the Greens wanted to because it is already at its upper limit.

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Source: Coastal shipping and modal freight choice | NZ Transport Agency.

@JulieAnneGenter doesn’t know what is shipped through ports

The Greens today announced a policy to double the amounts of cargo moved by train and shipping. It seems to have forgotten that most cargo moved by ship is bulk cargoes such as cars. Nothing can change the fact that once the ship is unloaded, the cars have to go by truck to the car yard.

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Source: New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Port study 2 Final report NZIER report to Auckland Council (3 February 2015).

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