KiwiRail have agreed to fully cooperate with an independent review of their decision to mothball the Gisborne to Napier railway line.

Gisborne District Councillor Manu Caddie said he had been assured in person and in writing by CEO Jim Quinn that KiwiRail would provide any information requested to BERL and engineers reviewing the calculations and conclusions announced by KiwiRail last week.

“Rather that using the Official Information Act, Jim has agreed to give us access to their staff reports, briefings, cost assessments and any other information required by the review” said Mr Caddie.

We have agreed to organise a meeting with the relevant KiwiRail staff and the independent review team to discuss the review process and work out what information is likely to be required.

“We are pleased Mr Quinn has offered to be the first point of contact and work constructively with the review team to help them understand how KiwiRail arrived at its decision” said Mr Caddie.

“Mr Quinn and I agree that it is important we all have a common base of assumptions to draw our conclusions from. If there is some error or new information KiwiRail are happy to revisit the decision” said Mr Caddie.

Mr Caddie said BERL start work on the review tomorrow (Thursday) and expect to take about two weeks to complete the study provided they have access to all the information required.

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