THE CURRENT YEAR’S VOTES
As usual, railway construction forms n prominent part of it he annual Public Works Statement delivered by the Minister (Hon. W. Fraser) in the House of Representatives last evening. The total vote that is being naked for by tho Minister for ’•his purpose is £864,000. this being exrlusive of the expenditure upon permanent vay materials, surveys, and so on, which, if course, is spread over the whole Dominion. Of the allocations for railway •instruction, £274.000 is required for the South Island and £590,000 for the North Island. Wc make the following extracts from the Statement: Otago Central.—The route Ur the authorised extension of the Utago Oiitial Railway from Clyde to Cromwell has been fixed as far as the Hanway House —a distance of over seven nines —and construction work has been vu hand on the co-operative system over a length of about four miles. No expenditure came to charge agoinri last vein s ap-proprialiv-n. hut for the current year a vote of £20,000 is proposed. f.awmicc-Roxhiirglv —Formation work was completed and vails laid over the length from Big Hill to Beaumont btaticn, about five miles and a-half farther on The erection cf buildings at two stagicna is in hand, and it is proposed to open the section for traffic immediately. The expenditure dining the last financial rear amounted to £9.984, and for the cuiieiit year a vote of £15,000 is proposed. Cat line - Waimahaka. Formation has been completed and rails laid_ up to the proposed Tahakcpa station, IT miles beyond the present terminus at Houipapa. ■ l,nt no part of the length lias been opened ■for traffic vet, because it is desired to keep it in the hands of the Public Works Department until the haulage of ballast from Houipapa and Balclutha is finished. The Inidge over the Mndennnn River was completed during the year, station builuings erected at Caberfeidh and Madennan. while others are ip progress at Stuarts and Tahakopa, to which point it is hoped to open the line during the coming summer. The expenditure on this line during the past financial year was £17,780. and for the current year a vote of £20.000 is pro-
P Heddon Bush Branch.—The detailed survey of the Winton-Heddon Bush hue. disclosed the fact that a wide valley, subject to heavy Hoods, would have to be crossed, necessitating somewhat expensive works. Two ether routes serving the Redden Bush district have been surveyed, but no decision has yet been arrived at as to which of the three should be adopted. A vote of £B,OOO to proceed with the work when tliis point has been decided appears on the Estimates. Orepuki-Waiau Extension.—l have had exhaustive reports furnished to me regarding the proposed line to Orawia, and have decided to adhere to the authorised route from Tuatapere. A vote of £IO,OOO is proposed. Baklntha-Tuapeka. Mouth. —This line was authorised last year, and the detailed survey is proceeding. On completion of the survey it is proposed to place construction jyork in hand, and a vote of £IO,OOO is accordingly asked for. OTHER VOTES. Following is a summary of the proposed expenditure on other lea'ding lines of the Dominion : North Auckland Main Trunk.—Votes for the northern and southern sections of Ids railway are proposed as follows:—Kivopuui southwards, £15.000; Kaiwaka northwards, £60,000; total, £75,000. East Coast Main Trunk.'—The department is considering whether it would not be desirable to survey the route of this railway north and south from Wairoa, with a view to putting the construction of a central section in hand before the line could reach Wairoa from either Gisborne or Napier. This course would doubtless considerably expedite the construction of the through line. For the current year votes are proposed to the amount of £190,000, of which £45,000 is to he expended cn Gisborne to Napier (north end) and £20,000 on Gisborne to Napier (south end). South Island Main Trunk. —A vote of £26.000 is for the north (Mills) end. Midland.—T’ne year has been one of slow progress, owing to wet and unstable country being encountered, requiring heavy timbering, which rendered it undesirable to open out the tunnel very far ahead of the lining work. It is hoped that the worst of this class of country has now been passed, and that the current, year will frhow a better record of progress. The long tunnel is now the only remaining obstacle to through communication by rail lietween Canterbury and Westland. The votes proposed are: Nelson end, £20,000; Reefton end. £4,000; Otira - Bealey, £70.000: Bealey-Cass. £10,000; total, £104,000. A vote for £500.000 is asked for under the heading of “ additions to open lines, of which amount about £300,000 will be spent on new rolling-stock and workshops machinery, and £200,000 on new works to be carried out by the Working Railways Department during the year.
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OUR RAILWAYS, Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
OUR RAILWAYS Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
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