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.