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 2017-01-13 23:14:56 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-13 23:13:10 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-13 23:12:45 +1300
    Jeffrey Black
  • signed via 2017-01-13 23:10:15 +1300
    Reverting to fossil fuel powered rail makes no sense at all. Now is the time for leadership not noeliblib mantra rubbish
  • signed via 2017-01-13 23:04:01 +1300
    We need more trains not less.

    How can it be that planes can be cheaper than trains?

    how can we allow road trains rather than containers on the tracks.

    A sick polluting mess!
  • signed 2017-01-13 14:46:29 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-11 08:40:01 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-10 22:34:23 +1300
    laurence NGAIA
  • signed via 2017-01-10 18:51:56 +1300
    Wake up Kiwirail diesel is last century – we need a renewable resource buy electric.
  • signed via 2017-01-10 18:01:18 +1300
    Rosemary Penwarden
  • signed via 2017-01-10 17:44:14 +1300
    Robyn Harris-Iles
  • signed 2017-01-10 15:00:53 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-10 12:55:41 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-10 12:35:20 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-09 19:29:10 +1300
    The (near) future is electric. Reverting back to fossil fuel powered rail makes no sense and will accelerate climate change.
  • signed 2017-01-09 16:25:22 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-09 16:20:27 +1300
    Please keep our electric trains and electrify the rest of the main trunk line. It’s only going to get more expensive in the future and it will need to be done one day, so why not get it over and done with now :)
  • signed 2017-01-09 10:36:40 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-09 10:28:50 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-09 09:33:38 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-09 07:14:14 +1300
    My voice may not count for much being a from the other hemisphere, but maybe the old colonial bond will still allow me to be heard by some. Consider future generations, the planet, and the message this sends; rather than just near term cost. Please.
  • signed via 2017-01-09 05:29:34 +1300
    So stupid and backwards, who is getting the kickback from this?
  • signed via 2017-01-08 23:10:52 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-08 22:12:21 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-08 21:36:51 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-08 21:33:19 +1300
  • signed via 2017-01-08 20:53:36 +1300
  • signed 2017-01-08 20:49:33 +1300
    Absolutely INSANE to be turning from electric to diesel trains. There is no future in fossil fuelled transport.
  • signed 2017-01-08 20:34:20 +1300
    With the news in the last few days that a piece of the frozen Antarctic several thousand sq kilometres in extent about to detach any action to increase carbon emissions is criminally irresponsible.
  • signed 2017-01-08 20:31:03 +1300
    Short sighted decision making by the government to ‘invest’ in more pollution