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 April 2016 : Northland Regional Council Chairman(Bill Shepherd)'s Report
"Rail has been very much in the news in recent weeks with the mothballing of the railway line north of Kauri, and a large turnout for a public meeting in Whangārei organised by 'Grow Northland Rail.' Rail's role in the Northland freight scene does need to be kept in perspective however, with rail currently carrying less than 2% of Northland's export freight. So whilst the regional council does not build road or rail infrastructure, the council is taking a precautionary approach and has designated land for a corridor through to the port at Marsden Point should a rail link ever be built. The council has already purchased a small proportion of the land required." 
9th of May 2012 "the Environment Court has issued consent to Kiwi Rail for the Oakleigh to Marsden Point rail link"

The proposed route for the rail connection  between the North Auckland railway Line at Oakleigh ( on State Highway One ) and NorthPort at
Marsden Bay at the entrance to Whangarei Harbour


 For an overview of the proposed Marsden Point Branch on Wikipedia , please click here:

To read Beca's report on Planning for the Marsden Point Rail Line, click here