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

  • Marcus 2017-05-31 19:03:22 +1200
  • This seems an incredibly arrogant decision given the evidence relating to the effects of fossil-fuels on climate change. It should be subjected to stringent transparency testing before it is allowed to proceed.
    Kevin 2017-05-30 13:18:54 +1200
  • Marion Russell
    Marion 2017-05-29 20:30:10 +1200
  • Louise 2017-05-28 16:07:57 +1200
  • Someone’s getting back handers over this decision!
    Brett 2017-05-27 13:50:21 +1200
  • Paulina 2017-05-27 00:35:47 +1200
  • Grace 2017-05-27 00:09:56 +1200
  • forwards not backwards
    Ben 2017-05-26 20:10:15 +1200
  • Alistair 2017-05-26 18:56:21 +1200
  • Being green means being sustainable, which means economic savings
    Warren 2017-05-26 17:59:50 +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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