$95 million down the drain

Newshub reports:

The rail line north of Auckland between Swanson and Whangārei will receive funding worth more than $94 million to “bring it out of decline”. 

This is $95 million to try and help Shane Jones finally win an electorate seat.

The reality is only 1% of freight in Northland goes by rail. This money won’t change that. They are spending $95 million on the method that 1% of freight goes by, and won’t spend money on the method 95% goes by.

The freight takes seven hours by train vs three hours by road. There is just one service a day and the volume of freight is around 400 tonnes so less than a dozen trucks.

So they’re spending $95 million to have a dozen less trucks on the road. Insane.

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