AUCKLAND RAILWAY TUNNEL
REQUEST FOR DUPLICATION.
(Per Electric Telegraph).
AUCKLANB, September 24.
In the course of an interview, Mr Bart Kent (president of the Chamber of Commerce) said that Sir Joseph Ward, speakiflg before the Chamber some considerable time ago, stated in effect that if a dozen business men would assure him that there was need for the duplication of the tunnel he would have the work put in hand.
"We have told Sir Joseph Ward of this need," said Mr Kent, "and have written to him on the subject over and over again without effect. There is a unanimous concensus of opinion amongst the members of the chamber that the Prime Minister should fulfil his promise. In the first place there ought never to have been a tunnel, but -is there is one, and in view of the enormous increase in railway traffic on the Auckland line, the duplication of th-j tunnel ought to he undertaken without further loss o ftime. It is cer out further loss of time. It is cernell tunnel when the duplication of one of far less importance in the south has been authorised."
Mr Kent went on to say that the Chamber of Commerce initiated the whole scheme for the duplication of the Parnell tunnel, for a new railway station, and for a new post office. Of the scheme the only portion so far put in hand was the post office. The old railway station had certainly been improved, but was at best only a makeshift, whilst not a blow had been struck in connection with the tunnel. The chambers should continue to agitate until these last two matters were attended to by the Government.
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AUCKLAND RAILWAY TUNNEL, West Coast Times, 27 September 1909
AUCKLAND RAILWAY TUNNEL West Coast Times, 27 September 1909
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