What Is The Issue?
New Zealand's passenger rail network is under continued threat. Ancient trains, expensive fares, poor frequency and decades of under-investment have decimated our national passenger rail network. Passenger trains used to cross the landscape and connect our country. The system is now a shadow of its former self, yet people want real public transport options.
Recent examples system decay include:
These attacks come at a time when the Government has said it is committed to climate action and reducing inequality.
What Are We Trying To Achieve?
We call on the Government and KiwiRail to commit to maintaining existing intercity passenger rail services. Furthermore, we ask for a comprehensive national strategy for future passenger rail services built around concerns for climate action, accessibility, and economic development.
Why is this important?
Trains connect communities and are an important part of climate change action.
Trains have connected friends and families for graduations, weddings, holidays, and business for generations. They have connected towns with the cities, and bought our country together.
But a period of privatisation and decades of underfunding has limited the development and use of our national rail network.
Trains have an important place in our future but require investment and planning from this Government. Here are some reasons why:
We are not opposed to rail tours. They are far better for the economy and environment than flying to Hawai'i, however, they are not an appropriate replacement for a national passenger rail network. It should not be one or the other.
Rail is an important part of our past, but it should also be part of our future. Join the campaign to support the retention and growth of a national passenger rail network.
What You Can Do!
Here are some ways we can work together to save our national rail network...and build a better one.