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

  • Many countries operate dual voltage lines and locomotives/EMU’s. This isn’t rocket science. We need to improve our carbon emissions, not lock in worse outcomes. Finish the lines from Auckland to Wellington and help improve not only freight but also passenger services. For far less than the East-West Link in Auckland.
    Bryce 2016-12-22 12:01:40 +1300
  • Jill Wheeler
    Jill 2016-12-22 12:00:57 +1300
  • Chris 2016-12-22 11:57:57 +1300
  • Wendy 2016-12-22 11:57:11 +1300
  • Janny 2016-12-22 11:54:27 +1300
  • Dominica Urmson
    Dominica 2016-12-22 11:53:18 +1300
  • Rosie Collins
    Rosie 2016-12-22 11:53:17 +1300
  • Aidan 2016-12-22 11:51:56 +1300
  • Kate 2016-12-22 11:45:06 +1300
  • Hannah 2016-12-22 11:44:00 +1300

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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