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Rail investment excellent

Opinion Piece

The $1 billion investment in KiwiRail recently announced by Winston Peters is an excellent proactive start by the Government towards reducing carbon emissions and developing a safer transport system nationwide.

Rail needs to play a much greater role in moving both people and freight around the country, and the network needs to be extended into the regions, particularly for forestry.

This needs to include reopening the line between Wairoa and Gisborne and relaying the line to Te Karaka for log traffic. Having a rail service would benefit the Gisborne region with helping to reduce the high number of large, heavy trucks on the roads, as well as the potential for a new “Endeavour” passenger train service from Wellington to bring tourists and their spending into the region.

Isaac Broome, Pukekohe