According to the Stuff website:
“The Government is fast-tracking a bold plan to extend Wellington’s commuter network to Levin, and the growing population north of the capital.
“Electrification and boosting the network beyond Waikanae will be considered as part of a $1 million business case wanted by Transport Minister Michael Wood, and welcomed by regional leaders.
“KiwiRail had plans to look at the business case in three years, but Wood now wanted it started ‘in the coming months’ and delivered next year.
“Wood, who announced the programme on Thursday, said the investments would include the investigation into electrifying the rail line from Waikanae to Levin.
“Wellingtonians consistently tell us that they really value their rail network, but we know that we can get more out of it,” Wood told Stuff on Wednesday, ahead of the announcement.
“We’ve got significantly growing communities in the northern part of the region, and they currently don’t have access to the commuter rail network.”
Readers will remember the Labour Party’s attitude last year — if you want public transport north of Waikanae, catch a bus — so why the about-face? Regardless, it means that National and Labour (and the Greens) now want this to happen. Great! —Eds