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

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

  • Electric is NZ’s future
    Philip 2017-09-21 16:23:42 +1200
  • How does switching from trains that run on renewable energy to those that are fossil fueled help us meet our obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement? Incredibly backward thinking. Peter Drown
    Peter 2017-09-13 12:31:17 +1200
  • Iain 2017-09-01 21:45:44 +1200
  • Robert 2017-08-28 21:49:04 +1200
  • Save the electric train it makes sense both economically and environmentally.
    NZ has so many great natural resources which produced power so why opt for a fuel (crude oil) and which price is dictated from abroad and let’s face it the real cause off most wars… need I say more?
    Thank you
    Dympna 2017-08-28 20:30:51 +1200
  • Greg 2017-08-24 12:51:07 +1200
  • Hamish 2017-08-22 13:57:27 +1200
  • Mike 2017-08-18 20:14:23 +1200
  • Ali 2017-08-18 19:27:12 +1200
  • Valeria Bonilla
    Valeria 2017-08-17 22:29:28 +1200

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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