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

  • New Zealand should be doing all possible to maintain a clean, green image – this is what we are known for but sadly not true – look at our polluted waterways and this ridiculous move to diesel trains, not to mention the pollution from more trucks on our narrow rural roads. This needs to be stopped before it’s too late and creates bigger long-term issues.
    Liz 2017-05-20 12:58:22 +1200
  • Mat 2017-05-20 12:29:49 +1200
  • Diesels are still bad for the environment. when NZ has more than 70% of its electricity generated from renewables, makes sense to use electric trains instead.
    Sridhar 2017-05-20 12:21:44 +1200
  • Paul Brislen
    Paul 2017-05-20 12:17:10 +1200
  • Katie 2017-05-20 12:09:24 +1200
  • Chinese Diesel engines have a high failure rate and thus will impact the reliability of the line.
    Benjamin 2017-05-20 11:56:09 +1200
  • Anthony 2017-05-20 11:50:54 +1200
  • Jonathon 2017-05-20 11:45:23 +1200
  • Jacob 2017-05-20 11:36:49 +1200
  • Daniel 2017-05-20 11:36:38 +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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