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

  • Nooooooo!
    Sophie 2017-05-19 09:10:31 +1200
  • barb 2017-05-19 08:52:45 +1200
  • v 2017-05-19 08:46:37 +1200
  • Isaac 2017-05-19 08:42:32 +1200
  • David 2017-05-19 08:42:06 +1200
  • Why the step backwards? We are not a third world country.
    Linda 2017-05-19 08:30:03 +1200
  • Kae 2017-05-19 08:22:24 +1200
  • Christine 2017-05-19 08:11:45 +1200
  • I truly cannot think of a single reason to do this.
    It’s bad for the economy, the environment and our society.
    Renee 2017-05-19 08:04:13 +1200
  • Isn’t this a bit of a retrograde step. Is there an economic driver here or does some decision maker have shares in oil companies. Are these folks in KiwiRail completely unaware of the general world situation vis a vis climate change and completely unaware that in New Zealand we have more and more excess electrical power as efficiency cuts in. Not to mention what our situation will be if (when) TY point bales out. I can’t get my head around their motivation.
    William 2017-05-19 07:58:36 +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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