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To: Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport & KiwiRail

Save Our National Passenger Rail Network

Save Our National Passenger Rail Network

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 concern for climate action and economic development.

Why is this important?

Trains connect communities and are an important part of climate change action.

State owned enterprise, KiwiRail, has announced the permanent end of same-day intercity services between Auckland/Wellington and Picton/Christchurch. It will be replaced by a luxury multi-day rail cruise. This effectively means the end of most of Aotearoa New Zealand's national passenger rail network after more than 100 years of service.

This announcement comes at a time when the Government has said it is committed to climate action and reducing inequality.

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 it requires investment and planning from this Government.

🛤 Rail provides a more sustainable and climate friendly method of transport across the country.
🛤 Rail can invigorate the social and economic life of small communities by making them accessible to remote workers and tourists.
🛤 Trains can bring our diverse country together by connecting them to people and landscapes across wide distances.
🛤 Trains provide an accessible method of point-to-point transport for the elderly and disabled.

Rail is an important part of our past, but it should also be part of our future. Join the campaign to support the retention of a national passenger rail network.


2022-03-09 14:21:39 +1300

We released a media statement:
Passenger rail disappears while KiwiRail posts operating surplus

2022-03-06 19:17:06 +1300

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2022-03-01 21:44:18 +1300

The #SaveOurTrains petition just hit 6000 signatures. Let's keep on stop 10,000!

2022-02-21 15:31:29 +1300

We've released an open letter to the Minister of Transport requesting that rail to be represented among the speakers at the 'Decarbonising the Transport System' Conference on 1 March. You can read the full letter here:

2022-02-17 15:55:26 +1300

Small win. Great Journeys of New Zealand (KiwiRail passenger rail arm) is including a question about a daily AKL-WLG service in their market research survey ( Subscribe to their newsletter on their website to be included ( A question on a survey isn't a train on the tracks. We need to keep up the pressure to #SaveOurTrains

2022-02-13 09:59:30 +1300

5,000 signatures reached

2022-01-22 22:02:23 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2022-01-22 00:18:24 +1300

500 signatures reached

2022-01-20 18:41:36 +1300

100 signatures reached

2022-01-20 15:48:44 +1300

50 signatures reached

2022-01-20 13:27:05 +1300

25 signatures reached

2022-01-20 12:34:08 +1300

10 signatures reached