Northport statement: PGF rail investment

Northport Ltd welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, about government’s intention to invest $94.8 million through the Provincial Growth Fund for upgrading the rail line between Swanson and Whangarei.

Northport Ltd is of the view that efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full economic potential and will support any development that seeks to achieve this.

“This is a red-letter day for Northland and an important step towards an integrated transport strategy that will enable the region to maximise its full potential,” said Northport chief executive Jon Moore.

“We continue to work with the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy Working Group, KiwiRail, NZTA, coastal shipping operators, existing and potential customers, and other stakeholders such as local government, to explore the full potential for a spur line to Marsden Point. And to assess how this might complement the vision we have of how Northport might grow in the future (www.vision4growth.co.nz).”