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Greens applaud decision to save Wgtn’s trolley bus

Greens applaud decision to save Wgtn’s trolley buses

The Greens are welcoming Land Transport New Zealand (LTNZ)’s decision to invest $7.5 million over ten years to save and upgrade Wellington’s trolley bus system.

“We are delighted that their future is no longer at risk and we can now look forward to all of our trolley buses being upgraded, so they are comfortable and accessible as well as efficient and reliable.” Said Sue Kedgley, the Greens Wellington Transport spokesperson.

Ms Kedgley presented a petition to LTNZ last week, signed by 700 Wellingtonians who wanted to ensure the trolley bus network was saved and upgraded.

“There is tremendous support and enthusiasm for our trolley bus network in Wellington,” Ms Kedgley said.

“Trolley buses are a Wellington icon and are the envy of other cities. We congratulate LTNZ for its decision to grant the Regional Council all the funding it sought for the running and upgrading of Wellington’s trolleys.”

Ms Kedgley said that, when environmental and financial costs were combined, trolley buses were clearly the best option.

“With the end of cheap oil fast approaching, public transport powered by renewable energy is essential. The Greens hope to see the trolley bus fleet will eventually be powered by wind energy.”

“Trolleys are clearly superior to diesels when their environmental impacts are considered. While trolleys use a renewable resource, diesels emit climate change-causing pollutants. While trolleys are smooth and quiet, diesels are noisy and dirty.”

Ms Kedgley said she was delighted to see that the new Land Transport Management Act, developed jointly by the Government and the Greens, had played a key role in this decision.

“The new legislation emphasises sustainability and avoiding adverse environment impacts, and we’re pleased LTNZ has taken that on board in making this decision.”

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