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

  • Please review this decision urgently, continued use of fossil fuels is no longer damaging the environment, its sealing our fates for an uninhabitable earth. Its not too late to stop the purchase of these diesel engines
    Yvonne 2017-05-22 14:48:20 +1200
  • Taylor 2017-05-22 12:32:32 +1200
  • Sort it out NZ! We are so far behind when it comes to recycling, renewable resources and ACTUALLY being clean and green! This should be our number 1 priority!
    Eva 2017-05-22 12:13:19 +1200
  • Absolutely stupid the government needs to stand up and say NO.
    Lisa 2017-05-22 10:14:54 +1200
  • Ray 2017-05-22 09:42:38 +1200
  • Paula 2017-05-22 09:09:48 +1200
  • Andrew 2017-05-22 08:18:08 +1200
  • Peak oil and climate change means going diesel is a bad idea strategically.
    steven 2017-05-22 07:44:54 +1200
  • Ben Simpson
    Ben 2017-05-22 04:51:12 +1200
  • We need to review KiwiRail’s decision to replace its electric freight trains with diesel locomotives. Investment should be made in extending electricity from Hamilton to Auckland for freight and passenger services
    Scott 2017-05-22 00:39:46 +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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