Kaimai tunnel risk request

Concerns are being expressed about the Kaimai tunnel’s vulnerability to earthquakes. Photo: You Tube.

What happens if there's an earthquake and the Kaimai Rail tunnel is blocked, forcing all the freight to and from the Port of Tauranga onto the roads?

How will the city cope with the congestion? It's a question Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock wants added to the city's risk register.

He made the request before the city council Afram Committee - Audit, Finance, Risk and Monitoring; before it closed its doors to the public on Monday to discuss other items on the city's risk register.

“I want to raise one that I had noted in the confidential section,” says Larry.

“I don't see any problem with me raising it I have raised it at SmartGrowth in the open forum. There is reference in the later part of the report about earthquake risk and the impact on our strategic roading network and so on.

“I would like to raise the very significant risk from earthquake to the Kaimai tunnel, and the rail link to the port. That is not yet in our register but I believe it is something we ought to be addressing and I don't see any confidentiality about that. We have a new government and they are focussing on rail issues. I think we need to push this to a significant place in our discussion.”

It would be catastrophic if an earthquake hit the region and disabled the Kaimai tunnel, as all the freight for New Zealand would then come off rail and onto our roads, says Larry.

“It should in a future risk register appear and then start to be addressed as a serious issue for us.”

Risk Specialist Chris Quest says that particular issue can be incorporated into a resilience workshop scheduled for January.

Councillor Kelvin Clout wants to know how organisational risk and risk to the city is balanced in the register.

“How do we balance those?” says Kelvin. “Is one more important than the other from a council perspective? Because if we look at city wide risk, there are so many risks that you could include in this. I just want to be careful we don't spread ourselves too thin in terms of the risk register.”

That will also be discussed at the January workshop and reported back to the February committee meeting says Chris.

The city currently has eight critical risks on its register, but only five appear in the public agenda, and they relate to how various events like an overload of the wastewater network, a failure to plan for the impact of climate change, or a change in the rate of the city's population growth will impact the council, legally, financially or its reputation.



7 Comments

why

Posted on 29-11-2017 23:11 | By Capt_Kaveman

do people vote for such nonsense, this tunnel has nothing to do with TCC, again wasting time on other than what they need to

Dig it out

Posted on 29-11-2017 13:19 | By BushBash

Just relax your trying to make some thing out of nothing if it happens deal with it then, might be a good idea to up grade state highway 29 though don't you think!

Grandstand Larry!

Posted on 29-11-2017 12:44 | By CC8

GET REAL LARRY! If we experience an earthquake big enough to damage the Kaimai tunnel, there will be so much other infrastructure damage that the tunnel will be of little consequence in the short term and will be repaired along with everything else in the long term. Bridges ( both road and rail) will have their abutments driven up out of the ground, rail tracks will be left hanging in mid air, roads will be impassable, the floor of the harbour will likely be damaged and therefore unusable anyway. Sea freight will be diverted to other ports...Don't worry about it Larry, get off your soap box and go back to forcing a museum on Tauranga, that the majority of citizens do not want...

I remember when

Posted on 29-11-2017 11:52 | By old trucker

it first opened we come over from Cambridge and parked on matamata side and rode our Trail bikes up and over thomsons track and come around to other side, pushed our bikes through the gap in the big gates which was about a metre apart and rode to entrance, pushed the bikes over the mote type bridge and rode through, you can see the end approx 9 km away and the size of a $2 coin.the footpath is about 1,500 wide and you can get up to 60 kmph (must have light on full beam) and you have to stop and lift ya bike up to next level and so on,this was awesome, and it smelt of fertilizer,this was at least 50yrs ago,my how times fly,they were the good old days,avyway Sunlive you are the best for news,Thankyou,10-4 out. phew.

Second tunnel?

Posted on 29-11-2017 11:40 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Wont help greatly as an earthquake affecting one will likely affect the other also. In fact the biggest issue with a tunnel is a landslide at teh entrances. However above all that is the lenght of the railway lines, slips onto or under the line so meaning a lot of work to get active again. An Earthquake of the likes of CHCH would likely also affect the roads, bridges and so on also, therefoer the issue is huge whatever way you go on it. Note: there may not even be a wharf left ...

So, what are the hidden items?

Posted on 29-11-2017 09:37 | By The Caveman

As the Council works for the ratepayers, I would suggest that the ratepayers have a right to know ALL of the Council identified earthquake "risks" !!

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Posted on 29-11-2017 09:16 | By whatsinaname

Why was the rail stopped thru paeroa waihi to tga

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