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

  • This is a sad step backwards. Let’s challenge it and stay true to fighting global warming.
    Melva 2016-12-22 17:10:07 +1300
  • Brian 2016-12-22 17:09:24 +1300
  • Lorraine 2016-12-22 17:09:17 +1300
  • Short term thinking. We need to be investing in rail and shipping, not ripping the guts out of it.
    Sam 2016-12-22 17:07:54 +1300
  • This is SO not the time to be moving away from electric engines to diesel – the rest of the world and people using other forms of transport are doing their best to move the other way.
    Chrys 2016-12-22 17:04:54 +1300
  • Nicole 2016-12-22 17:02:11 +1300
  • Claudia 2016-12-22 16:54:33 +1300
  • Hard for Kiwirail to compete against trucks when they have to change over from electric to diesels locos at present. More funding needed to invest in rail for the future. Completing electrification of the main trunk line, then Kiwirail are more likely to replace their old worn out electric locos.
    Thomas 2016-12-22 16:52:22 +1300
  • This is a hugely backwards move!
    Shaun 2016-12-22 16:51:43 +1300
  • phil 2016-12-22 16:49:25 +1300

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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