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

  • This is crazy! Electric trains are the future. NZ needs a better more modern rail and fewer trucks on the roads. This would be a backward step. Please invest in our railways and the environment!
    Kate 2017-05-18 20:51:20 +1200
  • Please dont make this backwards step.
    jim 2017-05-18 20:38:28 +1200
  • Marie-Claire Henderson
    Marie-Claire 2017-05-18 20:34:52 +1200
  • Judy 2017-05-18 20:30:51 +1200
  • How about coal and driving trains in reverse over cliffs for another alternative?
    Anne 2017-05-18 20:30:10 +1200
  • Tracey 2017-05-18 20:17:59 +1200
  • Hamish 2017-05-18 19:47:31 +1200
  • I don’t mind the buying of new trains but I majorly mind buying diesel trains!
    Hana 2017-05-18 19:42:14 +1200
  • I don’t believe this is a good decision
    Solomon 2017-05-18 19:42:02 +1200
  • Alison 2017-05-18 19:00:32 +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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