Save Our Electric Trains -

Save Our Electric Trains

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

Latest Supporters

  • I understand their are economic reasons for wanting to revert to diesel Locomotives. However, I believe this is a short-sighted policy that is endemic of rail development in NZ over the past few decades. Electric is the way to go for long term economic, sustainability and environmental reasons.
    David 2017-12-13 08:35:02 +1300
  • Nicholas 2017-12-13 06:04:49 +1300
  • steph 2017-12-04 13:29:31 +1300
  • Robin 2017-11-30 12:15:55 +1300
  • Delphine 2017-11-25 16:24:51 +1300
  • Graeme Carroll
    Graeme 2017-11-24 21:15:31 +1300
  • Adam Currie
    Adam 2017-11-16 18:55:50 +1300
  • I largely do not care about pollution. What I do care about is economical safety of the country. As far as I get, New Zealand does not produce oil, but it produces electricity – enough for the whole country. I certainly do not want to hear about “raising oil prices”. And I do not get why a developed country like New Zealand is planning to switch back to diesel railway engines. As far as I know, no other country does…
    Alexey 2017-11-14 23:01:52 +1300
  • Rupert 2017-11-14 20:36:10 +1300
  • Gerald Breeze
    Gerald 2017-11-14 11:12:35 +1300

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.

When we present this petition to Parliament our MPs will have the chance to debate this issue in select committee, including – if the select committee decides – to hear submissions, then report back to Parliament. We use this opportunity to put pressure on Kiwirail, and the Government to overturn their decision.

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