5 December 2005
Don't allow trolley buses to die, say Greens
It is horrifying that bickering over repairs to Wellington's ageing trolley bus infrastructure could put the whole fleet
at risk, Green Party Wellington Transport Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says.
An argument between lines company Vector and Stagecoach over the cost of upgrading power substations has postponed and
possibly scuttled the buying of new trolley buses.
"A legacy of decades of infrastructure neglect should not be allowed to kill off our trolley bus fleet,' Ms Kedgley
"If the dispute continues to drag on, the Green Party will re-launch its petition and embark on a major campaign to keep
the trolley buses.
"The trolley buses are a major strategic asset and a Wellington icon and must not be allowed to be put at risk. All
parties need to get together as soon as possible so the long promised upgrade of our 60 trolley buses can proceed.
"The Green Party's petition earlier this year demonstrated that Wellingtonians are right behind our trolley buses and
want to see the fleet upgraded and expanded.
"Land Transport New Zealand should be taking a lead in resolving this dispute and ensuring that the fleet can be
upgraded. It has a legal obligation to promote sustainable transport and needs to start putting its money where its Act
"The Regional Council and Stagecoach were supposed to sign off a contract on the trolley buses over a year ago, and
instead it is being continually delayed as the dispute drags on.
"As climate change and the end of cheap oil approach, we desperately need sustainable alternatives such as
electric-powered trolley buses. The Greens would like to see them, in time, powered as much as possible by locally
generated wind energy, so people can 'Ride the Wind'.
"The last thing we need is to be totally dependent on diesel for our bus fleet," Ms Kedgley says.