Later this week Kiwirail are likely to begin consultation on the closure of rail in the far north on behalf of the government.
I’ve got an opinion on this question which is not that popular with friends on both the right and left.
I think the rail link to Marsden Point should be completed. It is probably the key to a decent integrated transport system for New Zealand.
Marsden Point is the best port in the country. Deep water, natural and because it is so far north it saves sailing time for the massive ships that will be servicing NZ in the future.
The road industry hate the idea. Port of Auckland’s owner not impressed. Auckland colleagues don’t agree.
But worth talking about before the options are narrowed.