Kāpiti Regional Candidate Deplores Govt Inaction On New Electric Trains

Kāpiti-based  regional council candidate Asher Wilson-Goldman says the lack of budget money for new trains “fails the Ōtaki community”. 

“I can’t believe the Government has ignored the strong need from Ōtaki and communities in the Horowhenua for public transport,” says Asher Wilson-Goldman. 

“Despite support from councils across the region and a strong business case, the Government has chosen to leave residents with no choice but to continue to drive to and from work, school and play.”

“This route is critical to enabling sustainable growth and community development in Ōtaki as well as further north through the Horowhenua.

Wilson Goldman says the budget came the week of the first Emissions Reduction Plan signaled the need for investment in public transport to reduce emissions, but the Government has failed at the first hurdle. 

Three-area focus
“This election, I’m focused on three core areas: public transport, our environment, and working with other parts of the region on growth, tourism and regional economic development.”

“This issue isn’t over though, the work must continue. It is critical that Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils step up their efforts even more from here.”

Wilson- Goldman says if he’s elected to the Greater Wellington council he will continue to advocate for frequent rail through to Otaki.

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