31 Oct 2018

KiwiRail : from diesel to renewable

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 31 October 2018
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What will getting KiwiRail's operations away from diesel and onto renewable sources mean for jobs, the regions and the environment ? Kiwirail had planned to scrap the electric trains by April next year but now the government has announced it will spend 35-million dollars over the next four years refurbishing 15 electric trains, extending their life by 10 years.

Kathryn talks to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary, Wayne Butson and Dr Roger Blackley from Greater Wellington Regional Council who is a former Secretary for the Environment, an Engineering New Zealand Distinguished Fellow.