The railway line between Dargaville and Whangārei should reopen, says Albert Barr, chairman of the Northland branch of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.

Barr said it's a no-brainer because the benefits of bringing the line back to life after being mothballed by the previous government are huge.

"As a result there will be significantly less damage to the roads and a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."

Barr also said there will be economic benefits.


"Wherever there is rail, there are businesses who will want to set up close by."

However Barr admits the Government has still yet to


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