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 2017-01-17 22:37:37 +1300
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  • signed via 2017-01-17 07:17:14 +1300
    As a regular user of public transport, I remain saddened by the obsession with the private motor car. And then to add insult to injury, repeated governments fail to do their research and demonstrate courage in selecting the ‘best’ form of public transport, e.g. electric as opposed to diesel. Perhaps the appearance of Mr Trump in office will lead to a dramatic wake up call – ha, ha, ha!
  • signed 2017-01-16 22:02:22 +1300
    Combined with the Wellington Trolley Bus (started 1949) NZ has some mature carbon free transport solutions that have been in place for a decades. That these should be dismantled now, this soon after the Paris accord, makes it clear that the current government does not take climate changer seriously. Its embarrassing.
  • signed 2017-01-16 17:46:25 +1300
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  • signed via 2017-01-16 10:53:38 +1300
    Only the easy bits remain to be electrified – I am astonished and disgusted by the decision to bring in filthy diesel locomotives. Where is the commitment to the environment?
  • signed via 2017-01-16 10:40:24 +1300
    To abandon the electrified system and locos would be an act of environmental vandalism
  • signed via 2017-01-16 10:09:47 +1300
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  • signed via 2017-01-15 22:54:08 +1300
    Completing electrification of the main trunk railway line and continuing to use electric locomotives is the only sensible option . Even if the financial cost is more than for diesel trains the cost to the local environment and the planet will be much more. At a time when NZ and the world should be poised to turn to electric cars in a big way to help combat the effects of global warming we in NZ should be trying to electrify as many mode s of transport as possible as we have an abundant supply of relatively cheap hydroelectric power.
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  • signed via 2017-01-15 13:50:41 +1300
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/87810900/Kiwirail-to-dump-electric-trains-and-replace-with-diesel-on-North-Island-main-trunk-line

    Sounds like we need parliament to fund the electrification of the entire North Island line…
  • signed via 2017-01-15 13:47:23 +1300
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  • signed via 2017-01-15 13:08:21 +1300
    This seems to be a very backward step. NZ has made a few of these over the years and every time in hindsight the thinking has been that they should have gone with the other decision. It looks like this will be another of those mistakes.


    Why not correct it now and go with forward thinking and use electric trains, and if the Government would get on board to provide incentives for people to install solar panels on all new house build roofs then there would be no additional impact on electricity consumption requirements
  • signed via 2017-01-15 12:51:12 +1300
    Michelle Godsiff
  • signed via 2017-01-15 12:10:25 +1300
    It’s time to start investing in a pollution free future.