Can rail relieve our roads?

As the Government lays out 10-year plan for rail investment which includes restoring the run-down network we can consider what this might mean for the stretch of road between Wellington and points north of us.

Some days it seems as though at least half of the traffic flow is made up of huge trucks carrying logs, cars and an enormous variety of other goods. If many of them could be moved to the rail network that would free up our overloaded SH1.

Freight rail will now be funded from the same pot as roads. …

The plan says there has been significant under-investment in the national rail network for decades and large parts of the network are in managed decline.

… state investments will be made to restore the network to a resilient and reliable state and lay the groundwork for growth.

Logging truck in Levin.
Logging truck in Levin.

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