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(Special to Herald.)

AUCKLAND, this day

Persistent rumors concerning a big scheme to proA'ide a now railway outlet, from Auckland have been m circulation of late, and although official confirmation is not yet forthcoming, there a-re sound reasons for believing that the negotiations have reached an advanced sta.ge. The suggestion is that m order to avoid the steep gradients of the Remuera. rise, the Department contemplate running its lines around the Avaterfront from the city to Hobson Bay, up the gully, m the direction of Mount Wellington, past Tamaki, and on to Penrose junction, where they avouM connect with the present Main" Trunk line. Neither the officials of tho Railway Department nor the responsible representatives of the public bodies concerned are prepared to discuss tho .scheme at the present stage. At the same time many facts connected Avith past and present railway administration suggest that the proposal, so far from being Aisionary, is likely to completely revolutionise the railway system m Auckland. When the Hon. J. A. Millar Avas Avaited on, Avhile Minister for Railways, a few years ago, Avith a request, tor tlie duplication of the Parnell tunnel (which Avork is iioav under Avay), ho informed a deputation that he was not inclined to coinniii himself to the undertaking, because consideration was being given" to alternatiA-e schemes for railway outlets, One Avas the carrying of the line around the Avaterfront, and another Avas the utilising of Grafton Cully as a route leading out from the city. During recent Aveeks Departmental surveyors haA'o been at Avork m the vicinity of Hobson Bay, up towards St. Helier's Bay road, and on toAvards Penrose. From this it would seem that plans for an alternatiA*e line are being definitely prepared, and some of those concerned m the Avork ha\-e been heard to say that the grades along this rpute are infinitely superior to those on either side of the Remuera railway station. Suburban passengers are -familiar Avith the struggles Avhich frequently occur while the engines are climbing the Remuera hill, Avhere the grades are something like one m fifty. An 'engineer of some standing m Auckland informed a reporter that the amount of haulhvj power which! is required to take a load of 400 tons from Auckland to Remuera Avould probably take 1000 tons out by the neXv route. He added that -he was- familiar Avith the district as a result of investigations while folloAVing private practice. Presuming the scheme is adopted other considerations of importance to the city AAill be iiiA-olved. There will the question of the central railway station, which many authorities declare must soon be shifted from its present site. Color is lent to the belief that big alterations are pending by the reply of the Minister of Railways"to Mr A.M. Myers m Parliament. The Hon. Mr Herries said that the desirability of providing increased raihvay facilities at Auckland Avas engagng attention, and that m view of the expansion of traffic that Avas taking place it Avas necessary to look Avell ahead, so that any provision that Avas made would be ample for meeting all requirements of the existing and prospective traffic for many years. A large expenditure would be involved. The matter must be dealt Avith m a comprehensive way.

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Poverty Bay Herald, Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13428, 10 July 1914

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Poverty Bay Herald Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13428, 10 July 1914

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