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COMMENTS ON THE MINISTERIAL DECISION. [ax TELEGRAPH β€” SPECIAL TO THE POST.I AUCKLAND, This Day. The decision of the Minister of Railways not to undertase the work of duplicating the Parnell tunnel was .referred to at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Leo Myers (the president) agreed that the decision was technically right, in view of the fact that only seven of the ten citizens appointed by the Mayor to report on it had recommended that the work be carried out. The Prime Minister's promise was that the work would be done if ten citizens agreed that it was necessary. Mr. G. L. Peacocke, one of the committee, agreed with the president, butconsidered that the chamber should express its regret at the decision, seeing that a large majority of the committpe had favoured the work, and also that the Aucklaud-Penrose line duplication would lose much of its value owing to the tunnel not being also duplicated. Mr. Peacocke stated that the evidence of ex-railway officials was to the effect that a time-table to meet a much larger traffic than the present one could be framed, allowing for a single tunnel, but it was stated that in practice such time-table would not be satisfactory, entailing an element of delay and even of danger to .life. He considered that tho Hon. J. A". Millar's statement, that the duplication of the tunnel would .prevent the expected increase of the goodssheds accommodation,, had had considerable weight with the minority of the committee, and had prejudiced them to some extent against the duplication. , The question of the diversion of the line round the foreshore to Remuera had also been considered, but the cost of the necessary land had weighed against it. In reply β– to a question, he stated that he would not give the names of the minority. It was resolved β€” '"That the chamber, whilst recognising that the Minister's plea is warranted by the wording of Sir Joseph Ward's promise, 'regrets that the Government cannot see its -way to carry out the work, seeing that it was recommended by such a large majority of the committea." Messrs: Upton and Maofarlane voted against the resolution, the latter on tho ground that their own people had decided against the work, , and they considered no more should bo said about the matter.

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TELEGRAMS. PARNELL TUNNEL DUPLICATION, Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 137, 12 June 1911

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TELEGRAMS. PARNELL TUNNEL DUPLICATION Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 137, 12 June 1911