Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government can not justify repairing the Napier to Gisborne rail line, yet it announced $4 million will go towards constructing passing bays on State Highway 2 between the cities.
The decision comes after KiwiRail has announced it will cut 20 per cent of its infrastructure and engineering workforce, with the loss of 158 jobs by the end of next month.
KiwiRail said the redundancies were 23 fewer than initially planned when it revealed in June that it was reviewing its resourcing levels.
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