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Mothballing of Rail Lines Mindless And Short-Sighted

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

Member of Parliament for Northland

Mothballing of Rail Lines Mindless And Short-Sighted

Shutting down and mothballing rail lines is short-sighted madness - the planned re-opening of the Napier-Wairoa line proves that, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Washouts from flooding were used as an excuse to mothball this line in 2012 and now millions of dollars will have to be spent to upgrade it.

“John Key and his government have an agenda to shut down our national rail network which is putting thousands of heavy trucks onto the nation’s highly unstable, high cost roads and they can’t cope.

“On Saturday an editorial in The Press in Christchurch commented on the concern over the number of trucks on State Highway One from Christchurch to Picton. The newspaper called for heavy trucks to be pulled off the road and the freight put on the main truck rail line, as New
Zealand First has done. It’s common sense.

“New Zealand needs a combined road-rail-shipping strategy, not a truncated transport network we have at the moment which is focussed excessively on road alone,” Mr Peters says.

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