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THE ROUTE CONDEMNED. .WILL SERVE NO GOOD PURPOSE. A WASTE OF MONEY. A stock dealer and drover who has been over most of the country between here, and Oaraaru, called a lew days ago, and said he intended to write a letter to the papers hacking up what Mr J. A. Hanan, M. H. R., had said in reference to the route from Lawrence to Roxburgh for the new railway. He is very emphatic in what he says in regard to the Lawrence route, and is of the. opinion that if the Government go on with it, it will he a terrible mistake. To use his own words, "the line will twist like a dog’s hind leg'.” He went slowly over the ground, and saw the pegs where the tunnel is to foe put in.. There is a hig dip leading to the tunnel, and another leading from it. The country is barren, . and of no use for anything, save a few rabbits^—and by their appearance they are not doing too well on the pasture. It is a. most difficult line to construct. The route will take the line across gullies, through hills, and part of the way along the Clutha River. Here it will be necessary to cut into a rock face overhanging the river, and it will prove a very difficult undertaking. He is perfectly sure that no sane man would put the line in the way they are attempting to take it now. He maintains it should go via Waikaka, where it would pass through 1.0 miles of settlement, or tap Roxbm’gh from the Edievale Junction, both routes being infinitely better than the one they are working at.. The promise was made by the late Premier to carry the lino from Lawrence, but that is no reason why our present Prime Minister should stick to it, if ho is convinced that the best, most profitable, and less costly route is either from Waikaka or-Edievale. Our correspondent is pleased with the stand Mr Hanan takes, and would like au expert to report on the route. He advises the local Railway League to be up and 'doing, and so save the Government from continuing the political bungle. The land from Lawrence is no good for agricultural pursuits, and'as for fruit, that can all be taken down the other route, and would make very little difference to Dunedin. What they appear to be afraid of is that the trade might come to Invercargill, but they need not bo afraid on that score. Invercargill can struggle along without the trade — and they don’t want the Roxburgh trade. They are prepared to leave the matter to the residents of the Roxburgh district, and if they cannot see that to bring their produce, etc., to the Bluff would be much better than to Port Chalmers, then they’re blind to their own interests.

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THE LAWRENCE – ROXBURGH RAILWAY., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 29, 9 November 1907

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THE LAWRENCE – ROXBURGH RAILWAY. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 29, 9 November 1907