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THE MIDLAND RAILWAY.

It is to be hoped that we have now hofircl the last of this railway m Parliament—that is to say, mso far as regards any proposals for further legislation on the subject. The Act which has been passed' this session at the instance of the Company removes all excuse for delay, and the {works should now be pushed on vigorously to completion. The origin of the Bill was the discovery that the line as originally laid out on the western side of Lake Brminer is very much inferior m all respects to the line on the eastern side, the latter being actually shorter and having much flatter grades, passing through better land, and tapping besides some valuable forests. *On every ground, therefore, the diversion was a desirable one, more especially seeing that the eastern line can be constructed at considerably less cost to the Company, and therefore correspondingly reducing the area of land to the Crown granted to them. Only one objection worth a moment's notice was that made by the people of Kumara, through their always energetic, watchful representative, the "redundant" Richard Seddon. This was that to remove the line to the east of the lake was to remove it some miles further away from them. It is true that a branch line m any case would be necessary if there were to be a junction effected with Kumara, and that this would be so expensive an undertaking as to be practically impossible. Communication between Kumara and the railway must therefore, m any case, be by road, but the Kumara people, not unnaturally, objected to having to make the additional mileage of road to effect this purpose. The difficulty has, however, been got over by the Company agreeing to pay the Grey County Qouncil a sum of .£2700 to defray the expense of widening the road, bridges, and culverts between the township of Pounamuand Lake Brunner, and this has been specially provided for by a clause added to the Bill on the motion of Mr Seddon. The clause also contains the further and new provision that the Company shall provide and maintain a steam ferry boat on the lake between the terminus of the road referred to on the one side of the lake and the railway line on the other. Advantage has also been taken by the Government to include m the Act, as a condition precedent to the sanctioning by the Governor of the deviation, the stipulation that the Company shall enter into a contract or contracts for the construction of the Nelson-Belgrove section. This done, there will be a guarantee of the completion of the entire Midland Railway scheme, and we mny fairly hope to see through communication established within the period fixed by the original contract.

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THE MIDLAND RAILWAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2519, 16 September 1890

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THE MIDLAND RAILWAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2519, 16 September 1890

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