The debate about Kingdon continues this morning.
A dismayed ARC chairman Mike Lee, who had made a last minute plea for talks on the issue, called it “stupidity” and said: “As the saying goes ‘worse than a crime – a mistake.’”
And Campaign for Better Transport spokesman, Jon Reeves, told of the news, said: “And that was that. And in a few years time ATA (ex ARTA) will suggest a station for direct west services…..”
The debate is now over in that, by the end of today or lunchtime tomorrow, Kingdon St will be no more.
I have analysed this debate in detail previously, and come to the conclusion that keeping a station open at Kingdon Street is probably not worth it. However, I would also say that it seems a bit strange to actually demolish the station. Why not have it as a back-up? Or leave it open so that some services can go directly to Britomart, only stopping here?
I suppose it just seems strange to actually demolish a piece of rail infrastructure. And it will be annoying having to return to the bad old days of turning the trains around at Newmarket.