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$96m funding for Wairarapa rail

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 8/10/2018

Wairarapa rail tracks are getting a major funding boost and upgrade.

This morning Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a $96 million investment, which includes $50m for track infrastructure and the rest for double-tracking between Trentham and Upper Hutt.

He said it would help grow the region's economy and tourism.

Without the investment, the line would deteriorate and cause delays and disruptions for commuters, Mr Twyford said.

"Passengers have a right to expect a safe and reliable service, and this investment will ensure the long-term future of this route."

Mr Twyford said the investment could have spinoffs into other investments.

It would give the Greater Wellington Regional Council more confidence to invest in upgrading and improving the line's rolling stock, he said.

Work on the Wairarapa rail line was expected to start in April next year.

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