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

  • 1. Electric locos have fewer moving parts. Maintenance is less.
    2. Electric locos are better suited to the hilly central NZ NIMT.
    3. Fuel is locally produced.
    4. Who made this decision? Is there corruption, bribes? Why else would they do this?
    Robert 2017-08-14 14:37:40 +1200
  • Sabrina 2017-08-13 13:47:15 +1200
  • I advocate that we keep our trains as electric. I want to be breathing clean air, I want my friends and family to be breathing clean air and I want animals to be breathing clean air.

    Eletric is the future!!!!
    Tui 2017-08-12 13:37:18 +1200
  • This should be non – negotiable, but the present government wants the road transport votes, always short-sighted
    jamie 2017-08-08 10:55:53 +1200
  • Rosheen 2017-08-08 09:28:29 +1200
  • juli 2017-08-08 09:23:21 +1200
  • I couldn’t believe that we would be doing something so backward in ‘Clean, green NZ’. Forward thinking countries are spending money to switch more energy use to electric and we’re doing the opposite. If we don’t want to change locomotives part way along we should be electrifying the whole main trunk line!
    Dean 2017-08-07 22:48:23 +1200
  • Cailin 2017-08-03 17:32:50 +1200
  • Sophie 2017-08-03 14:44:22 +1200
  • Georgia 2017-08-03 14:43:52 +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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