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The Government Is Systematically Destroying Rail

Tuesday, 2 July 2024, 2:36 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

TRAC believes that the Government’s decisions regarding non-rail enabled ferries is a direct attack on the New Zealand railway system and is similar to the previous attack on the Gisborne and Taranaki regions. More >>

Very Flawed Decision Will Have Consequences

Monday, 24 June 2024, 2:55 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

Recently Prime Minister Luxon and Environment Minister returned from Asia where they were surprised that climate change was top of the business people and politicians they met, but I don’t think that they learned anything from it. More >>

TRAC: Aratere Grounding - Bad Decisions And Bad Advice Have Consequences

Sunday, 23 June 2024, 4:23 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

Robertson says that TRAC fears that the failure to procure rail ferries and the government GPS statement appears to be anti-rail. Robertson adds that the last thing we need is more trucks on the roads, and he says,”....that’s costing the taxpayer $4billion More >>

Government’s Transport Position Statement Is An Existential Threat To The Rail System

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 10:17 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government's agenda to swiftly dismantle the New Zealand rail system is evident in the current Transport Government Position Statement (GPS). Notably, there are stark reductions in funding for rail, with the minimum allocation plummeting a staggering ... More >>

The Government Takes From Motorists And Rail And Gives To The Road Transport Industry

Monday, 4 March 2024, 6:53 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government has announced and new set of taxes for motorists to pay for damage caused by the road transport industry! Car registration will rise by $50 and fuel tax will increase in the government’s next term. There is no announcement that ... More >>

Government Rips Off Motorists To Fund Truckers

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 11:50 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government is considering moving away from the current fuel excise tax (FET) and move all vehicles into the same road user charge (RUC) system that all heavy and other diesel propelled vehicles use. We can only be hopeful that the oil companies ... More >>

Road Lobby Give False Picture Of Road User Charges While Government Impulsively Axes Rail Ferries

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:52 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

TRAC believes that motorists need to know the truth about road funding as transport costs in New Zealand may not be what they seem! Don Kalasih, the interim chief executive of Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, which is the new pretentious name for ... More >>

Government’s Cancellation Of Rail Ferries Poorly Thought Out!

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 1:00 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The cancellation of the KiwiRail rail ferries will have serious consequences and the Government have been fool hardy and reckless in their haste to cancel the current order. “The decision to cancel the new rail ferries is a decision to cancel having ... More >>

Government Attacks Rail While Motorists Are Ripped Off!

Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 11:37 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government has scrapped the IREX rail ferry project and has indicated a preference for non-rail capable ferries for the Cook Strait. Niall Robertson, the National Coordinator of TRAC says, “...by scrapping the rail capable ferries, Nicola Willis has either ... More >>

Extension Of Te Huia Service A Great Step Forward For Provincial Public Transport

Monday, 5 February 2024, 9:51 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

TRAC is pleased with the developments of the extra Te Huia services timed to start this week on Thursday February 8th. These increased services will be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only. The current service is reported to be doing well against ... More >>

KiwiRail Unable To Meet Cook Strait And Other Commitments Due To Governmental Flip Flopping

Thursday, 14 December 2023, 6:34 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

TRAC is concerned about the fallout from the Cook Strait budget blowout. KiwiRail (KRL) has been on a shoestring budget running this service for decades, which has led to KRL owning three unreliable ferries. TRAC national coordinator Niall Robertson ... More >>

Government Needs To Reprioritise Transport Plans For The Hawkes Bay

Monday, 11 December 2023, 4:13 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government has made the rebuilding of the railway through to Wairoa and to Gisborne a “low priority”, indicating that the government has little idea about the needs of rail customers, regional development and how to fight climate change. The government ... More >>

TRAC Applauds KiwiRail And Hamilton Councillors

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 3:30 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The announcement late last week that KiwiRail will be in a position to increase services on the Te Huia train service between Auckland and Hamilton due to successful recruitment and training of a new set of drivers, shows there is a commitment from ... More >>

KiwiRail Should Be Relieved From Responsibility For Infrastructure

Friday, 5 May 2023, 12:21 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

KiwiRail is once again embarrassed by the failure of key equipment and infrastructure as Aucklanders struggle to get to where they work learn and attend appointments. A key part of the overhead wiring has failed near Grafton bringing the entire system ... More >>

TRAC Applauds Government Decision For New Trains

Thursday, 4 May 2023, 12:14 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

TRAC applauds the decision by the government to buy new trains for the Manawatu and Wairarapa services. The new hybrid trains will run on a combination of electricity in theWellington region and battery and diesel power beyond that. TRAC feels that ... More >>

KiwiRail Needs Larger Injection Of Capital

Monday, 1 May 2023, 5:52 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

KiwiRail is once again embarrassed by the failure of key equipment and infrastructure due to decades of neglect and underinvestment. The current speed restrictions on the Wellington system is due to the failure of the one track evaluation car that ... More >>

Government To Cement In High Carbon Future

Friday, 31 March 2023, 12:44 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The government's recent announcement of five high carbon options for the next harbour crossing has disappointed those concerned about climate change. TRAC, a rail advocacy collective, opposes the short-sighted decision, citing the urgent need to reduce ... More >>

Time To Rethink Light Rail For Mangere

Wednesday, 8 February 2023, 5:54 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The Rail Advocacy Collective (TRAC) believes that it is time for the government to call time on the plan to build light rail to Mangere and the airport. TRAC Chair, Guy Wellwood says, “New Zealand does not have endless funds for transport infrastructure ... More >>

Monster Gobbles Real Rail Funding

Monday, 23 May 2022, 7:00 am | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The City Centre to Mangere light rail project is set to gobble anything from $15 -$30 billion of funding when that money could be better spent elsewhere. TRAC national coordinator Niall Robertson says, “The light rail monster will gobble up so much ... More >>

Broken Public Transport System

Monday, 16 May 2022, 7:22 pm | The Rail Advocacy Collective

The Rail Advocacy Collective (TRAC) is calling for an overhaul of public transport systems in New Zealand and the establishment of a national public transport authority. TRAC is disappointed that in the latest Emissions Reduction Plan announcement from ... More >>





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