Save Our Electric Trains - action.greens.org.nz

Save Our Electric Trains

KiwiRail’s has decided it will replace our electric freight trains in the North Island with dirty diesel trains.

That means not only more climate pollution, but ultimately a slower and more expensive rail service on the North Island that will see more freight move onto road.

At a time when New Zealand needs to be investing in low carbon infrastructure, replacing electric trains with diesel ones is the ultimate example of short-term thinking.

It's not too late to stop this going ahead. The decision has only been made in principle and it will take a number of months before the purchase new diesel trains can be signed off.

Please sign this petition asking Parliament to review KiwiRail’s decision to replace electric trains with diesel ones.

We request that the House of Representatives review KiwiRail's decision to replace its electric freight trains with diesel locomotives.

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  • signed 2017-03-23 18:33:49 +1300
  • signed 2017-03-20 13:12:14 +1300
  • signed 2017-03-09 00:17:42 +1300
    Electric locomotives are the way NewZealand railway should be. Expanding the length of service beyond Hamilton to Auckland, where the same line voltage is in place already. Not allowing the demise of existing electric locomotives.
  • signed 2017-03-03 17:33:21 +1300
    run electric trains from Auckland to wellington
  • signed via 2017-02-28 19:16:05 +1300
    Phil Wollerman
  • signed 2017-02-28 12:07:06 +1300
  • signed 2017-02-23 15:27:09 +1300
  • signed 2017-02-20 19:06:18 +1300
  • signed 2017-02-14 18:23:29 +1300
  • signed 2017-02-13 11:29:07 +1300
    Renew-ably powered electric rail is a no brainer. Low carbon emissions for NZ plus a message of action to the rest of the world that NZ is serious about tackling climate change. In my books NZ’s primary business is not dairy but export of goods to world markets. If we are to stay competitive and capable of selling our goods to high paying and informed markets, in an age of global warming, we will need aggressive low carbon mile systems. Electric rail makes sense. Electrification is not a cost!
  • signed via 2017-02-12 16:15:56 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-11 19:58:21 +1300
    I like it up my choochoo tunnel
  • signed via 2017-02-11 16:44:51 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-11 12:17:47 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-11 10:27:37 +1300
    This is going backwards! Please COMPLETE the electrification of the main truck line! This is utter madness going back to Diesels, we need to move forward not backwards.
  • signed via 2017-02-11 08:11:46 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-10 12:24:29 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-10 10:18:42 +1300
    This decision will result in exactly the opposite outcome to the carbon reduction and greenhouse gas reduction objectives outlined in the Government’s draft Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy released in December 2016.
  • signed via 2017-02-09 19:47:22 +1300
    Kiwi rail needs to get rid of the Muppets that have never worked on the rail and people in leading roles that can not even do their jobs and cost kiwirail money the track is in bad condition and is falling apart
  • signed via 2017-02-08 20:02:31 +1300
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  • signed 2017-02-04 13:23:43 +1300
    Leslie Titheridge
  • signed 2017-02-03 09:41:16 +1300
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  • signed 2017-01-30 16:55:41 +1300
    Robert Schraders