A project of national significance
Ruakura capitalises on the government investment in New Zealand’s key freight transport infrastructure, being at the intersection of the Waikato Expressway and the East Coast Main Trunk Line. Waikato Regional Council and Hamilton City Council has identified Ruakura at a flagship initiative in the economic development strategy for the region to further stimulate regional economic growth.
Dissecting Ruakura is the East Coast Main Trunk railway line which connects directly to the Ports of Auckland and Tauranga. This stretch of rail carries more freight than any other line in the North Island. The government has confirmed a commitment to re-invest in KiwiRail. This will see investment in new track, rolling stock, and locomotives to improve the reliability of rail freight operations. Ruakura will assist by providing a facility to allow the efficient movement of freight by rail.
Waikato Regional Council
Through the Waikato Mayoral Forum, which includes Waikato mayors and the regional council chair, Waikato Regional Council has been closely involved in the development of an economic development strategy for the Waikato known as Waikato Means Business. Ruakura is one of the four flagship initiatives identified to stimulate growth in the Waikato.
Waikato Regional Council has also supported Ruakura through its involvement in Future Proof – a partnership between the regional council, Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council, tangata whenua representatives and the New Zealand Transport Agency to manage growth in the Hamilton, Waipa and Waikato sub-region.