Wellington City's buses are going backwards - pollution wise.
Re-Volt was formed in May 2018 by concerned residents to urge the GWRC (Greater Wellington Regional Council) to remove all currently in service old diesel buses and replace them with battery powered electric ones. Wellington originally had a fleet of 119 quiet and pollution free electric trolley buses, the last 60 removed in October 2017, all now replaced with diesel buses. Concern over climate change is obviously not a GWRC priority.
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Media reports Latest from DomPost dated 11 Jul 2018. Click here (first item, top left of page)
Bus service issues from 15 July Revolt concerned with air and noise pollution keeps a watching brief on bus service issues too. See reports. Obfuscation ? Are we to believe all we are told ?
Technical reports Various reports relating to trolley buses and their infrastructure Electric buses New battery electric bus options for Wellington.
Trolley bus history For a photographic history of the Wellington trolley buses.
Prepared in 2016 covering the environmental impact of trolley bus removal. Did the GWRC not understand it ?
An in depth engineering and economic report covering trolley bus installations and operations, comprising 167 pages.
Who voted to remove the trolley buses ? Click here
The effects of the decision to remove trolley buses and replace them with old diesel buses, on the west - east corridor from Karori to Seatoun, for the next decade, are:
Diesel bus movements every 5 minutes peak hours, 10 minutes off peak.
More than double the pollution of the combined trolley and diesel bus era.
Negative health impacts on our children, and cyclists.
Golden Mile pedestrians and outdoor cafe patrons adversely affected.
Significant 6dBD rise in noise affecting residents and pedestrians.
There is NO itemised commitment for the next 10 years in the Greater Wellington Regional Council draft long term plan (LTP) to accelerate the replacement of polluting diesels with electric buses.
The Health Act 1956 — revised 2007 — requires territorial authorities like the Greater Wellington Regional Council to (among other things) click here to link to the Act document.
Improve, promote and protect public health within its district.
Employ Environmental Health Officers, whose duties include enforcing nuisance provisions, regulations and bylaws and assisting DHBs to investigate and control risks to public health.
Identify and abate nuisances.
When the last of the electric trolley buses were removed in 2017 we were promised "a steady conversion of the region's buses to full electric". However the reality is that in 2018 only 10 on trial battery double decker buses and 420 diesel ones. There will be no restricted travel range on battery power hybrids as originally indicated in 2014. Click here for the hybrid bus description. Instead of 60 electric buses we had to end of October 2017 there is an even larger number of old and polluting diesel Euro 3 click here emission standards buses. These will be "staying until at least 2025", unless ratepayers put pressure on the Greater Wellington Regional Council to introduce electric battery buses promptly. Let them know of your concerns by clicking here
One former trolley bus, 361, has been converted to battery only operation and from reports its trials are proceeding well. We want to see all the rest of the trolley buses converted and operating on Wellington streets in the immediate future. 361 is distinctive not only by its black/blue livery, but also by its batteries being placed on its roof. Some may question having the batteries on the roof of a bus, but this location is being used by new battery bus builders. Click here
If the GWRC did as they are mandated to do, that is look after the health and well being of all citizens, then Wellington buses should have been specified to comply with the Californian emission standards, rather than discredited Euro 5 ones. Battery and trolley buses exceed both emission standards, obviously.
All diesel buses emit dangerous NOx and greenhouse gases as well as creating noise pollution 18 hours a day. 18 year old emissions standards Euro 3 (current is Euro 6) buses will remain in service until at least 2025. Euro 6 buses also emit cancer causing particulate matter.
Over 300 cities around the world use trolley buses and more are adopting them click here Wellington is the only city in the world to replace non polluting public transport with diesel buses, with many being old Euro 3 ones, since the Paris Climate Accord with New Zealand being a signatory to it. The town of Piatra Neamt in Romania (pop 85,000) withdrew their trolley buses but after much public pressure put them back in service. Wellington City has a population of 212,000 (2018) and expected to be 250,000 by 2043.
17 June 2018: Is there a connection between carbon dioxide emissions and the dramatic changes in both the Arctic and Antarctic ice coverage, many believe there is.
New Zealand signed up to the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, and the current Government wants us to be carbon neutral by 2050, yet the Greater Wellington Regional Council removed pollution free public transport, and KiwiRail is about to remove the remaining electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk line. (Hamilton - Palmerston North section) burning an extra 8 million litres of diesel per annum.
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