The Greens’ commitment to Ōtaki rail electrification and hybrid trains has been welcomed by KCDC Councillor and rail campaigner Gwynn Compton.
Promise for quick work on electrification
Green Party co-leader James Shaw said today the Greens will make electrification of the rail network between Waikanae and Ōtaki a priority, with work to begin in the next term.
“While the Green Party has always been leading the way on commuter rail, this specific commitment to electrification between Waikanae and Ōtaki, as well as new hybrid trains for the Capital Connection service, is welcome news,” says Cr Compton, who set up the Kāpiti-Horowhenua Commuter Rail Campaign in March 2020.
He also ran a petition of over 1,600 signatures in support of electrifying the network to Ōtaki.
Gwynn Compton says: “The Green Party’s longer term vision, including electrification and double tracking all the way to Palmerston North and track upgrades to allow higher speed services using tilt trains, would also transform commuter transport in the lower North Island’s western corridor, removing cars from the road and fossil fuel emissions from the atmosphere.”
He says the Green’s announcement now means that both they and the National Party have committed to electrification and double tracking between Waikanae and Ōtaki, as well as funding new hybrid trains for the Capital Connection, putting pressure on the Labour Party and New Zealand First to get onboard.
“I’m laying down the challenge for Labour and New Zealand First to join their colleagues in the Greens and National and commit to delivering fast, frequent, and climate-friendly commuter rail services,” he says.
More information about the Kāpiti-Horowhenua Commuter Rail Campaign can be found at www.kapitihorowhenuarail.co.nz