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 via 2017-01-15 12:00:11 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-15 11:21:20 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-15 11:11:11 +1300
    Rebecca Pugmire
  • signed via 2017-01-15 10:57:30 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-15 10:00:30 +1300
    At a time when the whole world is moving toward ever faster trains (which are ALWAYS electric), electric cars, electric /hybrid buses, even electric bicycles, it beggars belief that the NZ Government wants to buy DIESEL locomotives. The Government bleats about the cost of further electrification, but at the same time seems happy enough to throw away the massive investment in electrification which has already been done in the areas of most difficult access and terrain. The hard (and most expensive) work has already been done. The smart thing to do is to electrify the remaining flat, easy-access parts and thus ensure an all electric future. Electric commuter lines from Auckland to Hamilton, Wellington to Palmerston. Electricity we have, and will likely soon have an over-abundance of, given the on-going talk of the closure of the Bluff aluminium smelter. Oil is something that we will always need to import at vast and unnecessary cost. Tesla cars? Mag-Lev trains? Wind and solar generation? Nah, its smelly old diesels for NZ. What is happening to our pioneering spirit of self-reliance? Diesel loco’s are plain loco, a short-term, backward-looking Luddite approach to transport. Electric transport is very clearly the way ahead. The Government needs to step-up and support a sensible and smart for a clean and long-term future. Ross Baker.
  • signed via 2017-01-15 09:49:36 +1300
    if the world ends in 10 years then at least we tried to keep it working sustainably

    if only we could put the freight on rail we could save the little of the crappy highways from ,melting at 30 C in Hawke Bay

    drivers should drive less and holiday in NZ eg I have a friend and a dozer or more kids and partners who have been to Raro 12 times when all they have to do is go to Foxton Beach which I go to for walks. Raro is overrated and a waste of air travel and the lagoon was full of e-coli due to improper pipes from settlements.
  • signed via 2017-01-15 09:20:10 +1300
    The move internationally is to ban diesel vehicles altogether and to electrify railways
  • signed via 2017-01-15 08:38:18 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-15 07:56:10 +1300
    Frances Crossland
  • signed via 2017-01-15 06:35:30 +1300
    Can the diesel.
  • signed via 2017-01-15 04:53:22 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-15 01:13:42 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-15 00:53:21 +1300
    Stop the pollution
  • signed via 2017-01-15 00:29:09 +1300
    Bloody ridiculous!!!
  • signed via 2017-01-14 23:21:00 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-14 22:05:19 +1300
    This goes against every climate change initiative currently being launched. This is short-sighted and downright wrong. Considering New Zealand has a high incidence of Asthma sufferers, I wouldn’t think Diesel trains would be a good choice for the climate or Asthmatic New Zealanders. Please rethink this short-sighted change to Diesel. Let’s be forward thinking New Zealanders! Please.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 21:53:41 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 21:52:12 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 21:35:45 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 21:12:01 +1300
    The world is going electric. NZ also needs to reduce its carbon footprint. Moving away from electric toward diesel is about as shortsighted as you can get!
  • signed via 2017-01-14 19:58:30 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 19:49:23 +1300
    Nicole Doyle
  • signed via 2017-01-14 19:13:31 +1300
    Glad more people are thinking what I’m thinking!
  • signed via 2017-01-14 18:49:24 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 18:46:42 +1300
    Please consider the pollution of our 100% pure New Zealand dirty diesel trains will cause!
  • signed via 2017-01-14 18:32:03 +1300
    Electric trains are obviously more sensible and sustainable as opposed to dirty diesel…it is a no brainer! Even considering to change to diesel is abhorrent, backward and ridiculous!
  • signed via 2017-01-14 18:22:02 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 17:52:27 +1300
    Corporatists and their dirty lobbyists influencing a corrupt government with further corruption and deception, without using logic and sensibility of facts into alternative means of solutions. If they had a brain, they’d be intelligent. Unfortunately, the best I can offer these cowards is a dose of truth, and inform them they are incapable of doing their job without any part of corrupt involvement in their day to day lives. Quite plainly, they’re none other than cowards of the guttersnipe level. I make no apology either in part or in whole of my statement.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 17:45:30 +1300
    Kate Hunt
  • signed via 2017-01-14 16:16:14 +1300