Rail is a vital part of New Zealand’s transport network. It carries approximately 15 percent of New Zealand’s freight and more than 18 million urban commuters in Auckland and Wellington each year[1]. Rail can be an effective mode of transport for high freight volumes and for long haul freight. An efficient rail network can provide businesses with an affordable option for carrying freight long distances while providing critical links to and from ports, all of which are located within cities.

1 National Freight Demands Study, 2008


Govt's long-term outcomes The Ministry's planned programme of action Key deliverables* Rationale and intended impact 
A C D  Develop and implement operating models for metro rail services in Auckland and Wellington, and monitor rail infrastructure upgrades in Auckland and Wellington.  Implementation of operating models and agreements between KiwiRail Group Network and Greater Wellington Regional Council; and KiwiRail Group Network and Auckland Transport.  By providing policy advice on the implementation of streamlined ownership and operating arrangements for metro rail we will contribute to reliable and financially sustainable passenger rail services in Auckland and Wellington. 
Provide advice on the implementation of the KiwiRail Turnaround Plan and outcomes achieved in conjunction with the Treasury.  Second opinion advice on KiwiRail Group performance and funding of the Turnaround Plan.  By assisting KiwiRail to develop a strong business case we will help ensure that KiwiRail has the required resources to become commercially viable and contribute to growing the economy. 

*The Ministry's planned programmes of action, including key deliverables, are key initiatives contained in the Ministry's annual work programme, referred to in the Information Supporting the Estimates.

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