Inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand
CAN (Cycling Action Network) is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities, businesses and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment. We've been around a long time. We speak for more than a million people in New Zealand who love riding bikes.
Passenger rail + bikes are a powerful combination that can compete with driving and flying. Togather, they deliver a low stress, low carbon travel option that is attractive to many people.
Passenger rail help us meet our climate commitments.
Passenger rail can help reduce carbon emissions, especially if long distance electric-powered train options are provided.
We support funding the creation of new inter-regional rail services and increasing the service of current inter-regional rail services (Te Huia, Capital Connection) frequency to provide affordable transport. Frequency is freedom.
We support investment in the rail infrastructure that is able to service freight and passenger rail needs without conflicting with the others (such as double tracking and electrification of the network)
We believe the central government needs to play a stronger role in inter-regional rail development to ensure we move forward and meet our climate commitements.
Stations on the inter-regional rail lines should have strong connections with local public transport and cycling routes. For example, passenger trains that stop at Te Kuiti and Taumarunui meet the needs of people wanting to cycle the Timber Trail.
We believe that these services serve the public good. They must not be profit focused. Ticket prices must make it an affordable alternative to driving and flying.
We support overnight sleeper train service between Auckland and Wellington.
We support the reintroduction of the 'Southerner' service between Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill.
We support the reintroduction of passenger services between Wellington, Hawkes Bay, and Gisborne.
We support the creation of regional commuter rail services in, Christchurch and Dunedin that service neighbouring communities.
We support the creation of a passenger rail service between Auckland and Tauranga.