KiwiRail welcomes funding package

21 May 2015 3:03PM

KiwiRail has welcomed the funding package included in the Government’s Budget announcements today. KiwiRail will receive $210m in 2015/16 and a further $190m as a pre-commitment against Budget 2016.

“The package recognises the vital role that KiwiRail plays in New Zealand’s transport networks and the significant economic, social and environmental benefits it contributes to New Zealand,” says KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy. 

“Government investment in our business over recent years has enabled us to make significant improvements in the quality of our service offering, meaning we’ve become a more efficient and reliable supply chain partner. This has been reflected in the significant growth in freight volumes carried over that period, supporting the Government’s ‘Business Growth Agenda.’”

“We’ve also seen increased patronage on our passenger rail and Interislander ferry businesses during that time.”

Mr Reidy acknowledged the Government’s statement on the importance of rail to NZ’s transport landscape and the two year window to identify savings and reduce the level of ongoing Crown funding.

“There’s no doubt we’ll have to face some tough challenges to achieve this.”

“Our focus remains on delivering further efficiencies and making improvements in our business so we can continue to build on the growing support of our customers, increase our market share and ensure a viable and sustainable rail system for future New Zealanders.”

“That will involve simplifying the business, standardising our assets and investing in our people.”

Mr Reidy said it was important for New Zealand that KiwiRail became a high performance organisation.

In 2013/14 rail removed around 1.2 million trucks from our roads, and in doing so enabled roading upgrades to be deferred and provided significant environmental and safety benefits.

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For more information please contact KiwiRail media phone on 04 498 2038.