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

  • Sue 2017-05-19 07:11:17 +1200
  • Seems to be a backward step
    Kerrin 2017-05-19 05:30:56 +1200
  • Rebecca 2017-05-19 01:16:45 +1200
  • Partial electrification was one of the few good achievements of the Muldoon Government,. This government have deliberately run KiwiRail into the ground, and this is another unbelievably idiotic decision. Increasing our reliance on the unreliable DL diesel locomotives will make the entire rail network less efficient. What other the countries on the planet have a government who is actively trying to make our transport system less efficient and more polluting?
    Louis 2017-05-19 00:22:01 +1200
  • Betty 2017-05-18 22:49:56 +1200
  • Ants Field
    Ants 2017-05-18 22:07:33 +1200
  • What drives the decision to go to diesel given the impact
    Steve 2017-05-18 22:02:50 +1200
  • Seriously why would anyone do’s so backwards!
    Sarah 2017-05-18 21:55:54 +1200
  • This move is such a retrograde step. Don’t go there. Even car companies are actively promoting electric cars and showing the way to the future.
    Jamie 2017-05-18 21:52:17 +1200
  • Please think ahead . Really think and act accordingly these are very important decisions for all. We must live in a way which is Sustain Able. Does anyone know what it means not to be Sustain able. Of course ! We are not stupid…So we learn and we act , how late is to late , start NOW!!! Please lead the people .
    Vanessa 2017-05-18 21:44:45 +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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