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 2017-01-14 15:55:55 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 15:50:57 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 15:39:16 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 15:33:08 +1300
    Part of a “great leap backwards” strategy.

    This is probably just a ploy to get the government in an election year to give a cash injection directly for new/refurbished electric trains rather than the cost coming out of kiwirail operating budgets.

    It makes Kiwirail’s books look good and buying more poor quality Chinese diesel locomotives and allows us to dump milk powder into their market. The locomotives have to be repaired and modified by kiwirail staff (asbestos removal, dodgy traction motor bearings, substandard widing and design) as a few examples.

    Just another example of indirect government subsidies for the dairy industry at the tax payers expense.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 15:33:06 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 15:24:31 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 15:11:44 +1300
    Dirty Bastards
  • signed via 2017-01-14 14:55:36 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 13:59:26 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 13:19:43 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 13:12:43 +1300
    Clare Christian
  • signed via 2017-01-14 13:00:46 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 12:17:28 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 12:11:02 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 11:47:24 +1300
    I wish our government had a stronger ethical back bone rather than just worrying about bottom lines. A slightly more costly purchase maybe but it comes at the expense of our atmosphere and local environment.

    Common government and Simon Bridges! Do something good for all kiwis and make it a pattern.
  • signed 2017-01-14 11:23:25 +1300
    If other countries can and do run their trains on electricity then we must be able to too.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 11:18:27 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 11:10:48 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:58:46 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:51:31 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:41:42 +1300
    Avon Lookmire
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:36:20 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:16:56 +1300
    Absolutely ridiculous! Just electrify the whole Nth island! Nz is famous for not thinking ahead. Don’t

    Let this be another case of this.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:16:17 +1300
    Come on Kiwi Rail, you guys are smarter than this. Spend NZ dollars in NZ. Don’t give our hard earned money to the Middle East. Fossil fuels are for backward thinking fossils.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:12:58 +1300
    If an economic argument can be presented to KiwiRail showing how over the long term (20 years?) this will speak to the decision makers. The environmental benefits are obvious and critical, but relying solely on an environmental claim would seem insufficient for the decision makers.

    The Dutch have just announced all of their trains all run electric, and can be used as a model.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 10:04:45 +1300
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  • signed 2017-01-14 09:57:04 +1300
    This is a backward step in creating a cleaner environment. ..Please reverse this irresponsible decision.
  • signed via 2017-01-14 09:44:13 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-14 09:41:41 +1300