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 2017-01-30 07:51:31 +1300
    let’s move forward not backwards
  • signed 2017-01-30 07:50:38 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-30 07:39:12 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-30 00:05:24 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-29 08:46:07 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-27 17:32:29 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-27 12:08:40 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-27 09:50:07 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-26 22:46:05 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-26 22:14:02 +1300
    The obvious solution for KiwiRail is to purchase replacement dual model locomotives that can run as electrics or on diesel power on the un-electrified sections. These are common in other countries and available from several locomotive manufactures.
  • signed via 2017-01-26 14:06:59 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-26 10:00:04 +1300
    While most countries are extending their electric networks, we are talking of ripping ours out? Go figure?
  • signed via 2017-01-25 10:49:06 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-25 08:17:46 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-24 19:26:07 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-24 15:41:39 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-24 13:47:40 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-24 12:32:49 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-24 11:32:38 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-23 07:58:13 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-22 20:14:04 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-22 15:50:00 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-22 12:23:33 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-22 11:00:21 +1300
    Short term thinking is a result of having too many bean counters in positions of power, forward thinking and common sense aren’t facets of their species, NOT being able to see the wood because of the trees is hard wired into them
  • signed via 2017-01-21 21:45:19 +1300
    Replacement electric locos from Dalian are way cheaper than the Diesel locomotives.

    They could be an electric version of the DL loco to satisfy the need for standardizing equipment as far as possible.

    The main difference would be that the ELs would have an transformer/rectifier instead of a dirty diesel motor.

    The could be built to be “Duel Voltage” I.E AC/DC to enable them to run in the Wellington area.

    The electrification should be extended from Hamilton to Auckland and Palmerston North to where the DC lines begin.

    That way the same locomotive could travel through.

    This would further save imported fuel and add to our “clean green” image.
  • signed via 2017-01-21 20:56:06 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-21 17:30:47 +1300
    Peter Alan Watson
  • signed 2017-01-21 17:27:10 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-21 13:46:34 +1300
    More trains less cars! More electric trains less dirty diesels
  • signed via 2017-01-21 11:34:11 +1300
    Think about the future and all the problems you’ve had with your DL locomotives.