Lack of Govt support means Kiwirail loses Wellington trains contract

The Government’s continued underfunding of Kiwirail is driving it into the ground and contributing to it losing major contracts, such as its Tranz Metro Wellington passenger rail contract today, the Green Party said.

“The National Government has driven Kiwirail into the ground and now Kiwirail’s lost its important Wellington passenger rail contract,” Green Party Wellington issues spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.

“Ultimately, people who want to travel by clean public transport will lose out if Kiwirail’s viability is threatened by the loss of important contracts.

“While it’s important Wellingtonians get good value for money, Kiwirail’s strong record suggests it would have been in a good position to keep running Wellington’s trains if it wasn’t under such extraordinary cost-cutting pressure from the Government.

“Kiwirail knows how to run trains efficiently but by shutting it out of the National Land Transport Fund, the Government is holding Kiwirail back.

“The Government should be investing in tracks and rail bridges on the same basis that it maintains the roads for trucks and cars, because that would put Kiwirail on an even playing field.

“It looks like Wellington’s Kiwirail staff will be offered new jobs, which is reassuring, but in the longer term we need to ask whether it’s OK for huge foreign companies to be taking over the running of our key infrastructure services,” said Mr Hughes.

Latest Transport Announcements

Story

Greens secure win for clean transport

The Green Party has made it easier for commuters to access e-bikes thanks to an amendment to tax rules.
Read More

Story

Another Green transport idea gets the green light

The Government’s announcement today that it will improve Christchurch’s bus system comes after Green and NGO pressure.
Read More

Story

Climate action must remain priority in transport investment

As large parts of Aotearoa recover from two of the worst climate disasters we have ever experienced, it would be a huge mistake for the Government ...
Read More

Story

Scrapping biofuels means Government must do better for people and climate

The Green Party supports the decision to stop work on the biofuels mandate.
Read More

Story

Make fares half price for everyone, for good

The Green Party will continue to prioritise affordable public transport for everyone.
Read More

Story

Next Waitematā Harbour crossing must be climate-friendly

The Minister for Transport can show climate leadership and consider only the lowest carbon ways of crossing Waitematā harbour.
Read More

Latest Wellington Issues Announcements

Story

Boosting housing and clean transport only realistic option for LGWM

The Green Party says Let’s Get Wellington Moving can and must address the climate & ecological crises and provide for more affordable homes.
Read More

Wellington's Transport Future

Congestion Free Wellington   Our Future of Transport Plan includes a comprehensive plan to really get Wellington moving, while reducing our depend...
FIND OUT MORE

Story

Healthy, affordable homes a Green Party priority for Wellington

The Green Party would push to ensure everyone in Wellington has a warm, safe and affordable place to live as part of the next Government.
Read More

Story

Hutt Road cycle path officially opened

Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream...
Read More

Story

Wellington Council housing plan a hint of things to come

The Green Party has today welcomed Wellington City Council’s proposed social and affordable housing plan as an example of how to help solve the hou...
Read More

Story

Rail line could run from capital to north of Waikanae

The Green Party would look at extending the electric rail line and commuter trains north of Waikanae to improve access to Wellington and relieve co...
Read More