(“Wairoa Star” – Tues 30th January 2018)
Enthusiastic Napier Wairoa rail comments made by forestry minister Shane Jones last month were welcomed by local government.
Hawke’s Bay Wairoa regional councillor Fenton Wilson said there was real ambition for this government to reopen the Napier-Wairoa line and provide funding to keep it open.
“However, until ministers Jones and Stuart Nash can get it in front of cabinet to approve intention (and funding), we are all left waiting.“ I would expect announcement soon.
“It is the most positive feedback on the line in my time with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and I wish them well.”
Mr Wilson sits on the regional council’s land transport committee and is also interested in the work being done on the Opotiki-Napier road corridor.
“Wairoa is in a positive space regarding transport and connectivity at the moment and I look forward to recommendations and action later this year.”
As far as repairing the damaged rail sections in the Beach Loop area north of Mahia which were damaged in 2012, Mr Wilson said nothing was definite other than it would fit with rail growing rural communities as per election promises. “It is one step at a time I suspect – get Wairoa going first.”