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

  • Alana 2017-05-23 20:27:29 +1200
  • This is a very backward move and has no foresight !
    Debra 2017-05-23 14:52:27 +1200
  • Grant 2017-05-23 14:43:05 +1200
  • Verena 2017-05-23 11:51:43 +1200
  • This is insane. Diesel and its dirty particles have unacceptable impacts on health. NZ has more cheap than most countries in the world, but we import oil from the other side of the world (having let overseas companies extract ours). Electric public transport and freight ought to be a no-brainer. (PS I’d like a train station on the land already reserved for it at Raumati South!)
    Linda 2017-05-23 10:21:52 +1200
  • Michael 2017-05-23 07:10:52 +1200
  • Joshua 2017-05-22 22:09:32 +1200
  • Hamish 2017-05-22 21:15:41 +1200
  • Going backwards is indicative of some lazy-ass thinking. We pay you to do your jobs properly, wake up. The world is evolving.
    Jo 2017-05-22 18:02:18 +1200
  • Clare Everett
    Clare 2017-05-22 16:20:40 +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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