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GDC support welcomed by Rail group

Gisborne Rail Action Group has indicated its support for Mayor Rehette Stoltz in writing to State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters seeking financial assistance for reinstating the Gisborne-Wairoa rail line.

“We are hopeful this firm support will be influential in encouraging Minister Peters to progress the PGF-funded BERL Turanga ki Wairoa rail feasibility report to the next stage towards reinstatement of the rail line,” said a rail group spokeswoman.

“The Rail Group are thrilled our Mayor and councillors have made this approach to Minister Peters.”

The Mayor's letter said “it was pleasing to see that central government financial assistance enabled the repair and reopening of the Wairoa to Napier section of the Gisborne to Napier railway.

“My council and I now urge central government to do the same for the Gisborne to Wairoa rail line as it will enable rail freight transportation to and from Gisborne and daily weekday service transportation of logs and other freight from Wairoa.”

The Government had supported and encouraged the recent increase of wood processing and other export developments in Gisborne.

The BERL report made a strong case for reinstatement of the line.

The mayor said the rail line would benefit the region by increasing exports and more economic collaboration with our neighbours; reducing pollution, congestion and carbon emissions through reduced truck numbers; increasing employment and other benefits from local and regional contractors undertaking repair work; tourism and other activities being developed around sites made accessible through the rail corridor.

The Gisborne-Wairoa line is not included in the New Zealand Rail Plan — the Government's long-term vision and priorities for New Zealand's national rail network.