One of the good things (for me) to come out of the Labour/Greens/NZ First coalition government is prioritisation of the Northland rail network revitalisation. This will have at least $800 million allocated to it which to my mind is money better spent than fancying up the road network.
|Fixing the rail network will be way cheaper than the plans for roading|
As recent as 2016 Kiwi Rail banned the use of passenger trains on the Northland Rail network (around Auckland) due to the rail lines being in such poor shape. This proposed rebuilding which is to start as soon as possible is great news for Northland and its economic development. Forestry, dairy, ship-building and heavy industry will benefit from having viable rail services again and the use of rail instead of road will benefit road users by taking pressure off and making travelling safer.
I posted on this in 2010 when the National Government tried to bury rail forever:
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
I just hope that after the Northland rebuild that attention is given to rail throughout the rest of the country. New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world without a decent national railway system and it's time we caught up.