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

  • This is crazy and short sighted.
    Andrew 2017-05-25 21:35:04 +1200
  • Tim 2017-05-25 21:07:45 +1200
  • That cnt be true !! We have enough sun to use even solar power, how far behind the modern technic is Kiwi Rail ??
    Annegrit 2017-05-25 20:51:44 +1200
  • This would be a step backwards! Keep our trains electric!
    Deborah 2017-05-25 20:31:06 +1200
  • Surely there’s something more stupid they could do😳
    Dave 2017-05-25 18:15:56 +1200
  • The infrastructure is already there for the electric trains ,the diesel engine units would have to be more expensive to run than the electric units , and one hell of a lot dirtier. With the government already looking to buy credits from overseas this decision would have to be one of the worst yet.
    Peter 2017-05-25 16:29:33 +1200
  • Piet 2017-05-25 14:21:05 +1200
  • It’s just dumb to think replacing an electric train because of maintenance costs , with a diesel powered electric train, adds up.
    The new train still has an electric motor but now has to have a diesel motor as well, to drive it. And it’s a light weight high maintenance diesel engine too!
    Gary 2017-05-25 13:36:35 +1200
  • Sally 2017-05-25 13:01:40 +1200
  • Every action not being done that is clearly economical, and every action being done that is clearly uneconomical, prevents us from freeing our nation from the clutches of con artist, middleman, parasites that lurk within global high finance.
    It prevents our nation from achieving economic sovereignty and versatile sustainable independence.
    Iain 2017-05-25 12:42:37 +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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