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

  • I think it makes much more sense to invest in electric trains because they are cleaner, better for the environment and more efficient.
    Valerie 2017-05-18 17:08:38 +1200
  • We have to start investing in the future!
    No brainer.
    Mike 2017-05-18 16:57:04 +1200
  • Thérèse 2017-05-18 16:53:22 +1200
  • Debbie 2017-05-18 16:06:11 +1200
  • Wendy Daniell
    Wendy 2017-05-18 16:03:21 +1200
  • As someone who’s worked in the transport industry with electric locomotion, I know that replacing electric trains with diesel is insane and a step backwards motivated by money not facts about the benefits of electyric transportation. The right decision needs to be made based on the facts, not on short term accounting.
    Theo 2017-05-18 15:57:04 +1200
  • Brian 2017-05-18 15:28:43 +1200
  • Janette 2017-05-18 15:20:24 +1200
  • Bronwyn 2017-05-18 15:02:12 +1200
  • Please stop this short term thinking. Even the economics of changing to diesel don’t stack up. We produce electricity so security of supply. We need to move away from oil. A move like this defies reason unless it serves vested interests.
    Ken 2017-05-18 14:54:14 +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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