...if possible, or - you know - whatever...
Q+A transcript from this morning with the Transport Minister, Steven Joyce:And it might not be possible. "If possible" means it may not be possible too. It's all promises involving confidence and possibility. It sounds (how would the PM put this?) aspirational.
The history of electrification of the Auckland rail system is there isn't any. It's never happened. It's never been started. Each government says it is 3 to 5 years away - and it remains 3-5 years away when that government leaves office and a new one comes in with promises of it being 3-5 years away... And it's been like that since the war. So when Joyce says it's 4 years away I just don't believe it.
The convoluted divisions of responsibilities amongst the players - the lack of any unitary authority for Auckland rail - means they cannot get their act together and it won't happen.
How can a project so important as electrification go ahead when they don't even have any clocks at the stations? Their priorities are as muddled as their projections. The only clocks I've ever seen at an Auckland station are at Britomart itself - and I saw the main ones over the big boards recently and they were about 2 or so hours off. I didn't have a camera with me or I would have taken a picture. I began looking at the train times underneath and then I realised - if the main clocks are so far out then why on Earth would the actual schedule be any more accurate? I walked out and caught a bus instead.